In-house Twitter war erupts at ESPN?
By now, we have all been exposed to countless stories of athletes tweeting out something that, as soon as they hit the "Tweet" button, wish they could have back. (Don't worry ... if you don't know what we're talking about, you'll love the end of this post.)
Well, sometimes members of the media can fall victim to the same slip-ups. And, just like with athletes, it doesn't take the Socialsphere long to pounce, no matter how quickly that tweet gets deleted. Our newest case in point came Saturday, compliments of ESPN New York writer Rich Cimini.
Cimini, covering the New York Jets minicamp, apparently thought he was direct messaging somebody on Twitter. Only, he actually tweeted his message out for all to see. And it did not contain many kind words:
Later Saturday, Cimini tweeted an apology.
I'd like to extend a sincere apology for an inappropriate tweet from earliertoday. It was unprofessional and I regret it.— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 11, 2013
Regardless of the apology, the question naturally became, of whom was he ripping a new one? And, as was the case in an even more infamous Twitter whodunit last week, the social sleuths quickly went to work.
Has it been confirmed that Rich Cimini's accidental tweet was about Jane McManus?If so, I don't care cause I don't like either of them.— Jake Dawson (@newjakecity1) May 13, 2013
@jonejet Most have agreed it was probably Jane McManus. She did a practice repot and had a piece come out later in the day.— Zach Berger (@theZachBerger) May 13, 2013
Jane McManus our Rich Cimini in a fist fight?I go with Jane.#Jets— Chris P (@Chrisp2213) May 13, 2013
Clearly, most suspect that tweet was targeted at fellow ESPN-NY reporter Jane McManus. To date, no official confirmation of the subject of the tweet has been given, nor has a statement been released by McManus or ESPN. But hey, why let that stop you? Is this tweeter predicting biblical justice for Cimini?
Cimini is following 666 people right now. #Ironic— JetNation.com (@JetNation) May 13, 2013
Like we said, Cimini isn't breaking new ground; he's just walking onto an already-worn playing field.
Just two day before Cimini's gaffe, another sports reporter, Kirk Gimenez of SportsNet New York, also thinks he was direct-messaging about a woman. Again, this one goes global.
Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett accidentally tweets his phone number to the world, thinking he is only sending it to one person. Then he realizes the error and fesses up to his mistake — with a profanity, of course. The best part? He was hitting on Katherine Webb. On the night she was (uncomfortably?) introduced to the world. While her boyfriend was winning the national championship.
Hope Solo, another one who loves giving the world her number — then taunting us when SHE screws up.
And sticking with the Olympics, gold medalist and member of the beloved Fierce Five US women's gymnastics team Aly Raisman has her own Hope Solo moment. This one did not seem to be a direct-message-gone-bad, but rather a tweet intended to be, well, a tweet! Her message: She and (perhaps some teammates?) were going club-hopping with guy gymnasts.
Hey, she's young and was in the midst of the summer of her life. No big deal if she goes out and celebrates, right? But like with many crimes, it's the cover-up that does you in. Shortly after that tweet, she deleted it and instead sent this out.