Arizona Cardinals defensive linemen Darnell Dockett is one of the more controversial tweeters in sports with zero filter. There was the time he tried to court Katherine Webb and the time he live tweeted a police stop amongst many examples.
This time though, Dockett leaped over acceptable social media boundaries by channelling his inner Jason Whitlock. Dockett tweeted this highly offensive "joke" on Friday.
Apple has a new device out for Chinese people. The iOpener.— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) December 21, 2013
Wow. The sad thing is some 6th grader probably thought of that joke 5 years ago and Darnell Dockett just found it and thought THAT'S THE GREATEST THING EVER.
But don't worry, he totally clarified things by making it clear he's not a racist. He just likes jokes that racists might tell, and sharing them with his 160k followers. BIG. DIFFERENCE.
Oh, and one last thing for the outrage police. It's your problem you're getting all worked up about these unfunny, terrible jokes and not sending Darnell Dockett Christmas cards thanking him for the joy and happiness his Twitter account brings to small children all over the world.
Can Roger Goodell strip someone of their Twitter account under league rules? I would actually support that in this case.
@mikefreemanNFL do you write whatever you want? Regardless if it may offend a player, coach, fan?
@awfulannouncing freedom of speech means freedom to take the consequences of what you say.
@awfulannouncing you're usually a great site but this piece was terrible. Quit looking for page hits with faux rage. You're better than that
@awfulannouncing really? Are you in the business of policing twitter now? If you don't like his stuff, dont follow. It's simple.
@bomani_jones We all have to realize that we have freedom of speech, not freedom from repercussions.
@bomani_jones ok, it's offensive. This author was Riley-Cooper-outraged about it
@awfulannouncing This country has turned into a bunch of politically correct sissies. He's just having fun.
@awfulannouncing and both First Take announcers.
@CUJeffKallin no surprise here, but you can't be all things for all people. obviously understand crisis aspect but time to live in reality
@CUJeffKallin i agree, and think orgs need to think about what *really* bothers them, what doesn't & how to align reactions accordingly.
@aarongottlieb Personally, I don't think "outrage" is always there. Many times it's individuals grandstanding, but that's another issue
@CUJeffKallin hahaha. That's outstanding.
@aarongottlieb We can agree that reaction may be hollow, but what do you deem more appropriate? Suspension? If so, how long? Counseling?
@CUJeffKallin 100k to kobe (and many others) for something like that is insignificant. just fulfills NBA's duty of public reprimanding
@CUJeffKallin Yep, exactly.
@Jimmy_Sanderson Precedent would be Kobe's use of a homophobic slur at an official and fined $100 grand; He did that on Nat'l TV game
@marionhambrick excellent point. superb athletic ability can't be taught, whereas many corporate skills can be. easier to replace latter.