Lakers delete and apologize for 9/11 tribute tweet with a pic of Kobe
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Many players tweeted yesterday on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks but the NBA related tweet about 9/11 that caused the most controversy was from the LA Lakers who posted a picture of Kobe Bryant wearing a commemorative ribbon on his jersey with the words #NEVERFORGET over the pic. Leave it to a bunch of immature idiots on Twitter that probably never knew much about 9/11, to crack jokes about Kobe’s afro and turning the tweet into a Fashion Police discussion.
The Lakers deleted the tweet and issued an apology.
“We apologize to anyone who took this differently than we intended and were therefore offended by it,” Lakers spokesman John Black said in an e-mail. “We used a photo of how we commemorated 9/11 in the 2001-02 season, shortly after the tragedy occurred, because we wanted to show our support of what we felt at that time and continue to feel now. Out of respect for the intensely personal nature of how people remember this day, and that we recognize that not everyone understood the intent of our message, we pulled down our tweet and photo. Ultimately, our intent was to honor the spirit of remembering a day that we should all never forget.”
In 2001, I was working at the Houston offices of Marsh Inc. Our other office was in the World Trade Center and when I first heard about first plane hitting the tower I didn’t think it was a terrorist attack but I did think about all of the people in my company that could be hurt or dead from the crash. That’s a feeling I’ll never forget.
Source: USA Today