Year in Review 2017: Top sports social media fails
Kevin Durant’s secret Twitter accounts
Warriors superstar Kevin Durant appears to have thin skin when it comes to public criticism of his move to Golden State. After a fan asked him if leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder served any purpose other than winning an NBA championship in Golden State, Durant responded (in the first person) with his verified Twitter account. Another fan quickly spotted Durant’s peculiar tweets and asked the question, does Kevin Durant use secret Twitter accounts to defend himself on social media? You be the judge.
Adidas apologizes for ‘congratulatory’ emails
Adidas was forced to apologize for a tone-deaf congratulatory email that was sent to runners in the Boston Marathon. This year’s race included two survivors of the 2013 bombing that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Wilson Contreras slides into Mia Khalifa’s DMs
Contreras has a courtship game that just won’t quit. The Chicago Cubs catcher made headlines off the field in 2017 when former porn star Mia Khalifa revealed the direct messages she’d received from Contreras. The catcher proves he’s got game with scorching pickup lines such as “Mi friend .” A spokesperson for Contreras’ agency claimed that their client’s Twitter had been hacked.
Goodell’s wife defends husband with burner account
Speaking of secret Twitter accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Twitter account @forargument, which has frequently defended controversial NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, was being run by Goodell’s wife, Jane Skinner Goodell.
“It was a really silly thing to do and done out of frustration — and love,” shetold to the Wall Street Journal. “As a former media member, I’m always bothered when the coverage doesn’t provide a complete and accurate picture of a story. I’m also a wife and a mom. I have always passionately defended the hard-working guy I love — and I always will. I just may not use Twitter to do so in the future!” Click here to read more.
Ducks pull ‘insensitive’ NHL100 tweet
Theoretically speaking, there’s no wrong way to celebrate a birthday. Some like lavish parties, some prefer more intimate events, some would rather not acknowledge the signposts on their unceasing march to the grave at all. All of those preferences are valid.
However, it’s probably safe to say that the best way to celebrate the passing of time isn’t to strip down and walk through an office in the nude. But that’s precisely what Ryan Kesler and the Anaheim Ducks decided on for their nod to the NHL’s 100th birthday on Sunday. The Ducks have since deleted the video, apologizing for its poor taste. Click here to read more.
Giants ball out on boat before playoff game against Packers
Several members of the New York Giants got quite a bit of heat in early January after a photo of them partying on a boat in Miami before their playoff game against the Green Bay Packers went viral. Reports sugested there may have been drugs on the boat. In fact, one observant fan even noted what appears to be a joint in the hand of musician Trey Songz (grey shorts, bottom left).
New York lost that game 38-13, and they didn’t fair much better in the 2017 season, going 2-10 to start the season. Odell Beckham Jr.’s season was lost due to injury in week 5, and head coach Ben McAdoo was fired after Week 13. They’d never admit it, but it’s safe to assume the team would appreciate a do-over with this infamous boat photo. Click here to read more.
J.R. Smith’s social accounts keep getting hacked
The lovable Cavalier found himself reaching for the “I was hacked” excuse twice in 2017. The first instance came after Cleveland lost Game 3 of the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors. Smith’s tweet, which called for the Cavs to win in 7, was deleted quickly. The second instance came in the summer, when Smith posted a message saying “Good bye Cavs” on Facebook. Many were under the assumption that Smith had been traded, but alas, those darn hackers got him again. Click here to read more.
Martavis Bryant trashes teammate on Instagram
Displeased with his lack of targets in 2017, Bryant voiced his frustrations on Instagram, replying to a commenter who said Steelers teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster is better. The comment was quickly deleted before Bryant came back with another one, this time singing Smith-Schuster’s praises. Click here to read more.
Skip Bayless ripped for insensitive Gordon Hayward tweet
Bayless, the controversial sports personality, drew the ire of many when he hopped on Twitter moments after Hayward had severely injured his leg in Boston’s season debut. Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan was among those critical of Bayless’ insensitive tweet. Click here to read more.
Golden Knights troll Bruins with sexist tweet
The Vegas Golden Knights are a better team than expected, but their social media strategy is still a work in progress. Ahead of Vegas’ game against the Bruins on October 15, the Knights tweeted out what they must have thought was a playful jab at their opponents. The social media team never deleted or apologized for the offensive tweet, opting instead to continue tweeting throughout the game using specific text to demonstrate a Boston accent. Click here to read more.
Barstool Sports pulls tweet, story on ‘hottest college athlete’
As you likely can imagine, Barstool Sports took massive blowback after tweeting a story asking if Ohio State women’s hockey goalie Maggie Cory was “the hottest college athlete in America.” Barstool eventually pulled both the story and the tweet, but only after Cory had kindly asked them to.
UK National Lottery’s British athletics campaign backfires
A Twitter campaign created to celebrate sports in the UK was quickly tarnished when trolls began spreading vile messages. The National Lottery began thanking people who retweeted messages of support for British Athletics using the hashtag #REPRESENT by placing the Twitter user’s name on a sign held by a prominent British athlete. The campaign had great intentions, but users began changing their Twitter names to offensive language, which was then shared on the National Lottery’s official Twitter account. Raoul Moat, for example, is the name of a man who shot three people in the UK in 2010.
Trump vs. the world of sports
President Trump infamously aimed his Twitter canon at the world of sports when he took on every NFL player who has taken a knee during the national anthem. He then proceeded to rescind a White House invitation given to the Golden State Warriors after they won the NBA Championship. The president has spent a great deal of his first year in office airing his grievances with athletes on Twitter.
Alex Bregman slides into disgruntled fan’s DMs
Bregman wound up deleting his entire Twitter account after the direct messages he had sent to a fan were made public. This unenforced error was just one of many social media fails Bregman had committed over the years (tweeting that you want to “beat the s*it” out of the Texas Rangers is probably not a great idea, either). Click here to read more.