As pundits from all over the political spectrum discuss the Second Amendment in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the horrific Newtown, Connecticut, tragedy is now also triggering a debate over the First Amendment.

On Monday night, President Obama gave a speech at the vigil for the victims of the attack. And, since the president's speech pre-empted NBC's Sunday Night Football, a series of Twitter trolls — reportedly led by Bradley Patterson, a North Alabama football player — tweeted racist remarks about Obama. 

As a result, UNA Athletic Director Mark Linder quickly responded, clarifying on his Twitter account that the university did not condone Patterson's tweet, and that he was "no longer a member of the team."

Weigh In: Were Patterson's First Amendment rights violated with this action?