Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant had no room to complain—something that even he eventually realized.
For the uninitiated, the 28-year-old attended Sunday night's Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, and, well, he wasn't exactly happy about his seats.
To express his displeasure, he sent out this tweet, which was quickly deleted (h/t Fox Sports' Andy Nesbitt for the screenshot):
Moments later, he tweeted (h/t again to Nesbitt), "I paid for these seats." That was also eventually deleted.
Alright. So, a few things here.
First of all, if he is telling the truth and indeed paid for the seats, then there's probably a good chance he knew what he was buying. If he didn't know the location of the seats yet still forked over a couple thousand dollars, then that was pretty much akin to blindly throwing away money.
Was Bryant right to be upset about his seats?
On the other hand, if the NFL actually provided him with the tickets, that means he went to the Super Bowl. For free. Scratch that. A five-year NFL veteran who recently signed a five-year, $34 million contract with a $5 million signing bonus, per Spotrac.com, went to the Super Bowl for free.
No matter the situation, or how he got the tickets, there was no reason for him to be upset. Either he paid for something he shouldn't have, or he was ungrateful about receiving a free gift.
All-in-all, it was somewhat childish to complain like he did, but fortunately, as is often the case with social media, it seems he simply got caught up in the moment and hit "enter" a little too quickly.
It didn't take him long to come to his senses and issue this very cool, very reasonable apology:
I decided to turn lemons into lemonade. Visit http://t.co/58bVvT4Y6n for details about your chance to go to Superbowl XLIX on me!— Desmond Bryant (@DBryant92) February 3, 2014
The statement reads:
On February 2, 2014, I watched one of the biggest sports events in history – the Super Bowl! As you may have heard, my tweet during the game received alot of negative attention. In order to rectify the situation, I want to give my seats away for next year’s game!
You have until February 28th to enter your name and email address below for a chance to win two (2) tickets to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, AZ. My plan is to work hard this offseason so that you’ll be watching the Browns play!
Bryant made a mistake and handled a situation rather poorly, but those things happen, and he quelled the problem in just about the best way possible.