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Man mocks injured basketball player, learns important lesson about Twitter

http://twitter.com/#!/lamblock/status/196669749751582720

Last night, Chicago Bulls’ superstar guard Derrick Rose tore his ACL in Game One of the the Bulls’ playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. The injury will keep him out for the rest of the year, at the very least. An ACL injury is serious, the sort of serious that had ended promising careers. Now normally, you’d feel some sympathy for Rose, even if you rooted for another team or hated the Bulls. But you wouldn’t be Nike shoe designer Jason Petrie. See, Rose signed a deal with Nike rival Adidas, which gave Petrie (who designed LeBron James’ signature shoe) all the reason he needed to tweet this shortly after Rose’s injury.

You got one guy only getting stronger, and one guy breaking down before our very eyes. You chose poorly Pooh… #shouldasignedwithNIKE #GWS

— Jason Petrie (@sevenzro1) April 28, 2012

As you might expect, this caused a the slightest kerfuffle, which sent Petrie back to Twitter. He was not exactly contrite.

Y'all take sh#t too serious! Never want to see anyone get hurt- I hope DRose comes back stronger than ever, he's too good…

— Jason Petrie (@sevenzro1) April 28, 2012

Sensitive thugs y'all all need hugs!

— Jason Petrie (@sevenzro1) April 29, 2012

That wasn’t quite the apology people wanted to see, though. Reaction was…strong. Petrie then issued a real apology this morning.

Wow! Twitterverse I do apologize. It was really just tongue n cheek! Never meant any harm or disrespect!

— Jason Petrie (@sevenzro1) April 29, 2012

Twitter was not inclined to accept. In fact, people wanted more than a simply apology almost a day after the fact. Much more.

http://twitter.com/mws4ua/status/196615310823010305

@sevenzro1 Don't need to know you buddy. Ur just a disgusting human being – #plain&simple

— mickeyhawaii (@mickeyhawaii) April 29, 2012

@sevenzro1 honestly i dont know you and don't care too but if I were your boss you would be fired. You made Nike look bad.Have some class

— David Gold (@yitters1) April 29, 2012

@sevenzro1 Looks like someone got a talking to from up above. I have a feeling "administrative leave" is somewhere in your future. Worth it?

— Andy (@avardio) April 29, 2012

@sevenzro1 Too late. You're going to get pinched for this. Tweet a Jay Z lyric when you're begging for your job back. #shouldachosesilence

— Joey Kittens (@JoeyKittens) April 29, 2012

@sevenzro1 you cost your company a lot of money yesterday

— Trent Johnson (@t_Giancarlo) April 29, 2012

I sincerely hope @sevenzro1 loses his job for his comments about D-Rose. There are plenty around waiting to take his spot.

— Edward Nashton (@MrNashton) April 29, 2012

And those are the Tweets we can publish that are safe for work and children.

There is a lesson here. What you put on social media reaches the world, whether you want it to or not, so make sure your “joke” tweets really are jokes. Otherwise, you could spend an awful lot of time trying to save your job.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/04/29/man-mocks-injured-basketball-player-learns-important-lesson-about-twitter/


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