The Boston Police Department apologized this week after coming under fire for a Black History tweet that honored a white man, the Boston Globe reported.

In a Sunday night tweet, the department paid tribute to former Boston Celtics coach and president Red Auerbach, a white man, for being the first NBA coach to draft a black player, to use an all-black starting lineup and to hire the league’s first black head coach. The deleted tweet was soon replaced with a post honoring former Celtics coach Bill Russell for being the first black NBA coach.

The original tweet was up for less than an hour, but that didn’t stop Twitter from calling out the police department:

The police department posted a few hours after their Russell tweet:

Boston mayor Marty Walsh also condemned the tweet.

“Yesterday’s tweet from the Boston Police Department was completely inappropriate and a gross misrepresentation of how we are honoring Black History Month in Boston,” Walsh said in a statement, according to

The statement ended with a commitment to honor Boston’s black leaders year-round.

“I am personally committing to the people of Boston that we will always honor our black leaders, activists and trailblazers with the respect they deserve, not just in February, but every day and every month of the year,” the mayor wrote.