“Twitter—sharing and immortalizing humanity’s most embarrassing and moronic statements since 2006.”
We all do things we regret, especially on social media platforms like Twitter. You post on it, some troll rolls in with a clown comment and the next thing you know you’re a keyboard warrior in the trenches, ducking sarcasm shells and dropping the grammar hammer on fools.
Sometimes it goes too far, however, and we say something that’s less than classy or share a thought that in hindsight we really wish we could take back. And it goes the same for athletes.
But unlike us, professional athletes in the public eye can’t just hit the delete button on Twitter and forget about it. With their thousands of followers, the odds are high that before an athlete can delete their embarrassing tweet, one of their followers has already read it, screen-capped it and retweeted it for the public and media’s scrutiny.
From accidental and irresponsible to the downright ignorant, the following athletes’ tweets might have been deleted in remorse, but not before wreaking some serious Internet havoc.
The most recent example of strange athlete behavior on Twitter, around 7pm last night former Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan tweeted a barrage of remorseful messages to his followers claiming he had cheated on his ex girlfriend.
The tweets included the lines "I did something horrible today nation" and "I'm just a cheater."
Morgan's "About Me" Twitter information was also changed to "this is dedicated to my x girlfriend i cheated on and left in the streets this page was changed by me."
The profile picture on Morgan's Twitter account (@TheRealTPlush) had also been changed to a picture of Morgan kissing a woman.
About an hour after the initial tweet came from Morgan's account, Morgan issued another tweet claiming he had been hacked.
Piling on to the heap of troubles the Ohio State University football program has had to face over the past two years was this tweet published last October by Buckeyes third-string quarterback Cardale Jones.
Jones, a freshman, was given a one-game suspension for his comments and reportedly feels “deeply remorseful” for his comments about free higher education.
If Carmelo Anthony waging Twitter war with a groupie named Kat Stacks sounds implausible, insufferable and inglorious, it’s because that’s exactly what it is.
Nonetheless, Anthony sent out this tweet in August 2010, where he effectively put a hit out on a woman via Twitter, promising to reward anyone who sends him a video of Stacks being slapped with $5,000.
Anthony deleted his entire Twitter page shortly after, and Kat Stacks filed a police report against the then-Nuggets forward.
But it’s just another page in the weird book of Anthony’s life, considering Knicks owner Jim Dolan is recording every word Carmelo says now during games, presumably with the help of Jimmy McNulty.
NHL lockout mediator Guy Serota’s string of weird and troubling postings this past November is one of the stranger sports-related Twitter controversies that has come to light.
A mediator for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Serota and his tweets involving the terms "a** mode" and other vulgarities were found within hours of the NHL’s announcement of the FMCS’ involvement in the lockout, and his Twitter account became the subject of derision and jokes from hockey fans all over the Internet.
Serota’s sexual and profane Twitter feed was quickly brought to the FMCS’ attention and he was removed from his participation in the mediation talks.
When the play on the field in the BCS title game between Alabama and Notre Dame turned into a lop-sided bloodbath, television cameras panned to the attractive girlfriend of ‘Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron in hopes of keeping viewers interested.
The viewing public was fed shot after shot of Webb during the second half, and the Twitterverse nearly exploded with discussion of the 23-year-old Miss Alabama beauty pageant winner.
Foremost among her admirers (besides Brent Musberger, of course) was Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett, who sent Webb tweets asking McCarron’s girlfriend if she would like to accompany him for chicken wings and a trip to a gentleman’s club.
After sending the tweet, Dockett claimed he thought he had been sending Webb a “DM,” or private direct message, instead of a public tweet.
And by “that was supposed to be a DM,” of course he meant “that was supposed to be in my head thoughts.”
Charged with: Badgering “the witness” on social media.
In the wee hours of the morning last July, San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture’s Twitter account tweeted a link to a pornographic website to his over 110,000 followers.
Couture pled ignorance in regards to the social media frenzy that followed his message, saying he doesn’t stay up late enough to have posted the tweet.
After receiving taunting tweets from a Dallas Cowboys fan over Twitter in 2011, Washington Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney lashed back, telling the fan to “get a life or kill urself.”
Gaffney later told press that the Twitter exchange was taken out of context and blown out of proportion by the media. It was Gaffney’s first controversial run-in on the social media site—but it would not be his last.
After a recent heated social media exchange, Scottish footballer Leigh Griffiths apparently donned his pointy Clayton Bigsby hat and told user Zak Iqbal to “(bleep) off back to your own country.”
Viewed as racist and insensitive, Griffiths later claimed his behavior was “unacceptable” and hopefully has figured out that people with foreign surnames aren't necessarily foreigners.
English soccer player Ryan Bertrand received a wave of criticism from the Twitter-sphere after missing England’s World Cup-qualifying match against Poland because of a virus.
Critics lambasted Bertrand for missing the match over a “sore throat,” and the Chelsea defender returned fire with a strongly worded defense of his condition.
"Do you think a 'sorethroat' could stop me being apart of a match for my club or country? #your****ingnuts this is what every boy dreams of."
Bertrand apologized for his tweet and reportedly has told his friends he will never use Twitter again.
After a long day of competing in the 2012 London Olympics, U.S. gymnast Aly Raisman accidentally sent out a tweet regarding her plans for the evening.
The 18-year-old two-time gold medalist presumably meant to send her plans to a third party (McKayla Maroney? One can dream), and immediately deleted the tweet after noticing it went out to all 380,000 of her followers and tweeted out this:
"So excited to get to sleep early tonight :) long but fun day!!!"
After this last tweet, we can only assume Raisman set up her room with dancing Home Alone-style mannequins and slipped out to party.
A year after his “go kill urself” Twitter controversy, former Redskins receiver Jabar Gaffney decided to keep it “100” and go on an expletive-laden tangent last April addressing his marital problems and alleged detractors.
Gaffney’s Twitter tirade included references to his wife, Terin, and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Lito Sheppard.
The free-agent wideout later denied writing the posts and said his account had been hacked, apparently by an Internet genius with a strong grasp of Gaffney's personal baggage and female drama.
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson ended up deleting a tweet that appeared to be a rather obvious plug for a pre-ESPYs party thrown by the cell phone company Nokia.
It would seem someone asked Jackson to give the party some publicity via Twitter, and the star receiver just copy and pasted the original message into a tweet and sent it out verbatim.
It’s unconfirmed whether or not Jackson meant to send the tweet as is, but Jackson deleted it shortly thereafter.
Former MLB pitcher and radio show producer Mike Bacsik posted a baldly racist tweet on his Twitter account while watching a basketball game between the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in 2010.
A Mavericks fan, Bascik was infuriated after Dallas player Eduardo Najera was ejected from the game for a flagrant foul and sent out a tweet stating, “Congratulations to all the dirty mexicans in San Antonio.”
Bascik apologized for the tweet, and admitted to posting the comment while angry and intoxicated at a bar.
No one was laughing when Greek triple-jumper tried her hand at comedy at the London Olympics this past summer and tweeted a particularly insensitive joke about African Olympians and the West Nile virus.
Needless to say, the Hellenic Olympic Committee didn’t giggle at the ill-advised wisecrack, and Papachristou was banned from the competition.
Canadian Football League player Nik Lewis knew he was pushing the limits of acceptable social commentary when he tweeted a dark joke about O.J. Simpson’s gloves and the murder of Nicole Simpson.
The Calgary Stampeders slotback deleted the message shortly after and apologized to fans after being fined by the CFL, admitting, “I guess I went a little too far.”
I mean, who would’ve known joking about butchering women was a hot button for some people? #killingnotcool.
Talk about leaning into a blow.
Oblivious at the time concerning the hulking controversial monstrosity the decision would become, the official NFL Twitter account issued this tweet after the replacement refs’ touchdown call during the Week 3 Monday Night Football matchup between the Packers and Seahawks.
The tweet was quickly taken down, but not without angry fans noticing the weak, seemingly provocative question.
Thanks for throwing a little sugar in the gas tank, Commissioner Goodell.
Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie was out for blood after Matt Hasselbeck posted a tweet questioning whether Cromartie knew what the acronym “CBA” meant.
Hasselbeck deleted the comment shortly after, but it didn’t stop Cromartie from firing off this gem challenging the Seahawks quarterback’s manhood.
The situation was eventually defused, but at the time, Hasselbeck’s mind had to have been screaming “Run, Matt. Delete your account, throw your phone away and run.”