Former FSU football star says he was called racial slur on Miami flight, almost falsely arrested

Former FSU football star Dontavious Jackson says he was almost arrested on a United flight in Miami after a "racist family" began harassing him and then they said he punched them. (Twitter)

MIAMI, Fla. – Former linebacker at Florida State University Dontavious Jackson took to Twitter Wednesday night to tell his followers about an experience that happened on a United Airlines flight in Miami.

TMZ was the first to report the story after Jackson posted on his Twitter account: “Was just called a “f------ n-----” on a @united flight! And it was caught on video!! Add was harassed by a racist family! @united flight attendants just let it happen! Unacceptable!”

He went on to say that the family told officers who came onboard the Miami flight to investigate that Jackson punched and attacked them, “which was a lie.”

Jackson said they were ready to arrest him, but witnesses told the officers that wasn’t what happened. Luckily, he said, there was also a video that another passenger had taken their phone during the incident that also proved Jackson’s side of the story.

“The officer told me if it wasn’t for the witnesses I would’ve been taken to jail,” Jackson wrote.

In his Tweets, Jackson called out United Airlines saying that he’s not staying quiet over the incident and was “grateful to be a free man.”

TMZ said they reached out to both Jackson and United Airlines, but have not yet received a response.

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