Long Island real estate agent fired over racist online rant
A Long Island real estate agent has been fired over a racist online rant in response to the George Floyd protests.
The real estate agent was seen online responding to looting, writing and using a racial slur while allegedly threatening people and holding an assault-style weapon. He, in an explicit manner, says he spent $1,300 on the weapons and wants to use it.
The real estate agent has been identified as Jared Aversano, who used to work at a Ronkonkoma REMAX.
Through a statement, the real estate agency says it takes the matter very seriously, and it says the agent has been fired.
The video has been seen more than a million times on Twitter, resulting in some explosive comments posted online. Later, Aversano apologized for his remarks.
"It was meant to be a private Snapchat," he said. "I did not intend for it to be racist. However, I do understand that a lot of people took it that way. And I do truly apologize."
Calls to Aversano's phone went unanswered and there was no one at his office Firday, but there were a stack of "for sale" signs piled by the door.
Aversano has had his membership at the Long Island Board of Realtors terminated.
Workers at the REMAX were seen putting up Plexiglas, but they would not say why they were doing that.