Kevin Love Delivers Unfortunate Birdman Tweet After Miami Heat Championship

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJune 21, 2013

Celebrities, athletes and the media all perform a daily tap dance on Twitter to stay on the right side of an imaginary line of socially acceptable humor. Kevin Love may have just dipped his toes across that line. 

The Minnesota Timberwolves' star big man chimed in with the rest of Twitter users lobbing up well wishes, as well as jokes, the Heat's way. 

Here is a tweet from Love that remains active on his account: 

On Thursday night, the Miami Heat won their second title in as many years, bringing another brilliant accolade to the likes of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade

For Chris "Birdman" Andersen, it was vindication for the hard work he has put into his sobriety. 

Back in 2006, Andersen was suspended for two years from the NBA for violating the league's drug policy. As was reported by ESPN at the time, a player could only warrant such a suspension because of "a fourth positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, or a first positive test for 'drugs of abuse.'" Per that same report, Andersen had not been previously suspended for steroids. 

A 2009 Sports Illustrated article covered the power forward's fight to make it back into the league, including a 30-day stint in rehab. 

Andersen was granted reinstatement to the league back in 2008. He landed with the Denver Nuggets, playing four seasons with the team before coming over to the Miami Heat to provide a vital lift, as well as a persona the fans absolutely adored

And so, a man who has been through so much makes it to the top of his sport and well away from the depths he met a few years prior. 

Love's joke was just that, a joke, not to be taken with any serious weight or vitriol. Still, the immediate reaction ranged from those who found it hilarious to those who cringed ever so slightly.

Again, there is a thin, undefined line of what is edgy and humorous and that which is caustic and beyond the realm of snark and good-natured ribbing. 

As with anything comedic, we let the people decide what's funny and what is crossing that imaginary line Twitter users tiptoe around daily. 

As for Love, he might want this one back.