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Sid Miller jokes about suicide on social media, later deletes post

A December 2016 file photo of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. On Monday, Oct. 30, a screenshot of the deleted Facebook post ended up on Twitter with Sid Miller referencing suicide, depression and Pakistan.
A December 2016 file photo of Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. On Monday, Oct. 30, a screenshot of the deleted Facebook post ended up on Twitter with Sid Miller referencing suicide, depression and Pakistan. AP archives

Reports have surfaced that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller took to social media to make a “joke of the day” meme and comment involving suicide.

The original post was made just before 1 p.m. Sunday, but Miller later deleted the post.

On Monday, a screenshot of the post ended up on Twitter with Miller referencing suicide, depression and Pakistan.

“My friend was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, his savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., he decided to call the Suicide Lifeline. He got a call center in Pakistan, and when he told them he was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if he could drive a truck,” Miller said in the social media post.

On Monday morning Miller also took to Facebook to comment on the controversy surrounding Houston Texans owner Bob McNair referring to NFL players as prison inmates during a recent NFL owners meeting.

McNair was quoted saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison.”

The comment was viewed as viewed as racially insensitive.

He apologized multiple times to his team, but most Texans players took to a knee in protest Sunday during the national anthem.

In Monday’s Facebook post, Miller shared a photo from the local Houston ABC affiliate that asked, “Did Bob McNair cross the line?”

Above the photo Miller wrote, “Personally, I don’t think he went far enough!”

Calls to Miller’s office for comment were not immediately returned.

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