|Dave Bolland had to apologize on Saturday for a mistake on Twitter. (U.S. Presswire)|
Twitter is no different than any other useful, practical tool.
It can be very productive if you use it the right way. And if you use it the wrong way? Well, it leads to a lot of problems, and some NHL players -- past and present -- have been discovering that during the lockout.
Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland was the latest player to have a slip up when he gave into a fan's request on Friday. And now he's apologizing for it.
On Friday, a Twitter user by the name of Jonah Deschamps (@jdeschamps6) sent a request to Bolland that said the following: "@davebolland can I get a RT for wanting Bettman dead?"
No good could possibly come from that, but Bolland obliged and retweeted the statement to his more than 17,000 followers (and the rest of the Internet).
The Tweet has since been deleted by the original user.
It wasn't Bolland himself saying it, but his decision to follow through with the request really wasn't the best idea. Usually fans on Twitter pester professional athletes (or any other celebrity) to "get an RT for my birthday" or something along those lines. It's basically the new autograph, in a cyber sort of way.
On Saturday, Bolland apologized, telling TSN "It was a mistake, I never meant to retweet that out. I like to retweet for a lot of my fans and I just retweeted the wrong thing. I feel bad about it."
At least he didn't gave the standard, "I was hacked" response.
This incident came just a few days after former NHL player Jeff O'Neil responded to Gary Bettman's press conferences by taking to his personal Twitter account to say "Hey Bettman stop talking to the media. I wanna 'make whole' in your fkn head."
That Tweet has also since been deleted.
We'll just go ahead and use this space to once again remind you that during the 1994-95 lockout Chris Chelios, then a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, went a little off the deep end when talking about the commissioner.
Lockouts. They bring out the crazy in everybody.