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Soccer star Griezmann deletes blackface photo after social media uproar

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has apologized after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an NBA party costume on Sunday.

Atletico Madrid forward tweeted picture of NBA party costume that includes blackface

French soccer star Antoine Griezmann tweeted and deleted the above picture of himself in blackface. (Twitter/@AntoGriezmann)

Soccer star Antoine Griezmann has apologized after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an NBA party costume on Sunday.

Griezmann, who is white, was also wearing a wig and holding a basketball in the photo which has "NBA 69 ALLSTARS" on the jersey.

The photo on his official Twitter account was accompanied with the message "80's Party" followed by basketball and laughing emojis.

One response called the photo a "bad idea" with others urging the Frenchman to delete the tweet.

Griezmann at first reacted to the criticism by tweeting: "Calm down friends, I'm a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of this great era... It's a tribute."

He later tweeted an apology.

"I recognize that's it's insensitive on my part. If I offended some people I'm sorry," he wrote.

The 26-year-old Griezmann plays for Spanish team Atletico Madrid but has been linked to a move to Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid but has been linked to a move to Barcelona.

With files from CBC Sports