Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt is standing by his claim that his Facebook account was hacked by someone who then posted a profane message about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, The Tennessean reported Wednesday.
The inflammatory message came Monday and was quickly spotted by a Newark Star-Ledger reporter who relayed it to fans via Twitter.
"Retiring from the NFL. (Expletive) You Goddell (sic)," was posted on Britt’s Facebook page.
The message was soon taken down, and another post was left saying, "Change of heart … My family is always here for me. I made mistakes and i am sorry i am going to change … and become a better person and mentor for all my young fans … I will accept any penalty like a man … The road beings Sept 11 in Jacksonville … ill be ready!!!"
Britt, who faces possible discipline from Goodell due to his legal troubles once the lockout ends, subsequently claimed the original post came from a hacker.
"my fbook was hacked with those past 2 status’s.. i am not retiring and do not have any hate toward the commissioner," said a further post.
Britt continued Tuesday night to insist he was the victim of a hacker, and claimed it was not the first time his private Facebook account had been infiltrated.
"I have the utmost respect for Commissioner Goodell, the NFL and the TN Titans," Britt said in a statement to The Tennessean. "The Facebook posting as reported was not made by myself nor have I given any statements to anyone regarding this matter. It is not a defense but a fact that this Facebook page and associated email account were hacked and reported more than 120 days ago."
The 22-year-old former Rutgers University star has been arrested twice in New Jersey since April, and faces two outstanding warrants in Tennessee, including a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement on his driver’s license application.
In his latest run-in with police, Britt was arrested June 8 in Hoboken, N.J., for allegedly refusing to open his hand after being ordered to do so, then crushing what police believed was a marijuana cigar. Charges in the case were reduced to disorderly persons offenses last week.
Britt had 42 catches for 775 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games last season.