Twitter suspends NFL players, coaches over tweets calling Venezuela socialism

NEW YORK — Twitter Inc. is temporarily suspending NFL players and coaches over posts on the social media platform, following a wave of criticism of President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist policies.

The suspensions include several members of the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.

The suspension of Browns coach Hue Jackson came after the team was accused of using Twitter to push a conspiracy theory that President Maduro was behind the assassination of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a plot to topple the Venezuelan government.

The Eagles suspended Jackson on Monday for two games.

A Dolphins spokesman said Jackson was suspended “for a variety of reasons, including a recent tweet in which he claimed he had been assassinated in a false flag attack,” the team said in a statement.