Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White is no stranger to controversy on his social media accounts and Saturday night was no different after he sent out a poorly thought out tweet following the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
In his tweet to the world, White suggested that the jurors in the case “go home and kill themselves” after they found Zimmerman not guilty of the manslaughter and murder charges surrounding the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Of course, that wasn’t the smartest thing for White to say and he didn’t wait long to offer an apology.
The apology came via the only platform that White seems to know how to use these days, Twitter:
I understand my tweet last nite was extreme. I never meant for the people to do that. I was shocked and upset about the verdict. I am sorry.
— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) July 14, 2013
This is just the latest example of athletes and public figures hitting send before they think.
For White, this occurs far too often. Quite frankly, the team would be wise to revoke his Twitter privileges before he says something outrageous again and continues to shine a bad light on the organization.
Hopefully we can all learn from incidents like this where people speak without thinking and we can all move forward making sure we really want everyone to read our thoughts before we press send.