Sawyerin vanhat twiittaukset alkoivat kiertää kuvakaappauksina netissä ja The CW päätyi erottamaan vakionäyttelijän.
Sawyer vitsailee twiiteissään mm. seuraavasti: "Ainoa asia, joka pitää minut tekemästä lievästi rasistisia twiittejä, on tieto siitä, että Al Sharpton ei lakkaisi koskaan valittamasta minusta".
Sharpton on amerikkalainen baptistipastori ja kansalaisoikeusaktivisti.
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My words, irrelevant of being meant with an intent of humor, were hurtful, and unacceptable. I am ashamed I was capable of these really horrible attempts to get attention at that time. I regret them deeply. This was not acceptable behavior. These were words I threw out at the time with no thought or recognition of the harm my words could do, and now have done today. I am incredibly sorry, ashamed and disappointed in myself for my ignorance back then. I want to be very clear: this is not reflective of what I think or who I am now. Years ago, thanks to friends and experiences who helped me to open my eyes, I began my journey into becoming a more responsible adult - in terms of what I say, what I do, and beyond. I've largely kept that journey private, and this is another way that I have let so many down. I still have more work to do. But how I define myself now does not take away the impact of my words, or my responsibility for them. I am very sorry.