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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The University of Missouri athletic department has apologized and removed a tweet intended to promote the NCAA's ``diversity and inclusion week'' after receiving complaints it was racially insensitive.

The original post showed a graphic with four photos under the words ``I am.'' The white athletes described their career aspirations in the graphic, with one saying, ``I am a future doctor.'' The quotes attributed to a black athlete and athletics employee were ``I Am an African American Woman'' and ``I Value Equality.''

Former Missouri quarterback and Kansas City attorney Corby Jones, who is black, told The Kansas City Star's editorial board that he was ``outraged'' over the words that were chosen.

The athletic department said in a statement the ``intent was to provide personal information about our students, but we failed.''

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