If you want something in life, it’s best just to ask for it.
Today, I’m asking for a lot: BE SMARTER.
In case you missed the late night (Eastern time) Twitter riot , the LA Kings gave control of their account to KROQ radio host Kevin Ryder for the second period of Game 4 vs. the Sharks. He did this:
Image from CBSSports.com
And because nothing is funnier than a rape joke, the Kings then had to do this:
I’m curious what you think. Do you care? Is a tasteless joke excusable or is an organization responsible for what they put forth, regardless of author? We’re all desensitized to a certain amount of ingrained sexism and misogyny, especially in sports. Where is the line?
Before turning over the keyboard, the Kings said:
Honestly, I’m all out of passes for people doing stupid things on social media. We’ve already discussed how the trend-setting and extremely popular Kings Twitter account operates under the “Usually We’re Funny and Sometimes We’re Jerks” mandate [link]. We also talked about Asshole Day, celebrated by Duncan Keith and Tyler Seguin with various sexist/homophobic/moronic remarks [link]. My inner publicist dies a little when this happens.
I don’t want everything sanitized and I want these team accounts to have personalities and have fun. Sometimes they will push boundaries. But sometimes they will jump off the edge. This is a failure on the part of whoever runs that ship to keep their sailors from going overboard.
Also, being upset that people are upset by something you said to upset them? No. You worry about you, dude. Be smarter.
On the ice, the Sharks were busy winning. They’ve come back from 2-0 down to tie the series. Maybe the Kings won’t have worry about their Twitter account for much longer this season.