Bubba to paint over Confederate flag on General Lee


An image of the General Lee from an Arizona car show in 2008. Watson purchased the vehicle in 2012. (Getty Images)

In light of the renewed controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, Bubba Watson tweeted Thursday that he will be removing the flag's image from the roof of the General Lee, the iconic car from the "Dukes of Hazzard" TV series. 

Watson purchased the General Lee in January 2012.

Debate around the flag has intensified in recent weeks after a gunman entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on June 17 and killed nine people.

Watson tweeted:

Warner Bros. announced last week that it would no longer sanction or manufacture "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise bearing the flag, and TV Land on Wednesday confirmed that it will remove re-runs of the show from its lineup.