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Tweet from L.A. Kings Twitter account stirs controversy

May 22, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

source:  Controversy swirled on social media Tuesday night, after an inappropriate tweet about sexual assault  made it’s way to the internet from the L.A. Kings’ official Twitter account.

To the right is a screen grab of the tweet, which has since been deleted from the Kings’ Twitter account.

Sean Gentille of the Sporting News posted the screen grab.

The tweet, which was sent out during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinal between the Kings and  San Jose Sharks, drew the ire of many on the website.

Those tasked with running the Kings’ Twitter account turned over responsibilities to Kevin Ryder, who is a co-host of the morning radio show on 106.7 KROQ FM.

The infamous tweet was picked up by Deadspin, as seen here.

The Kings later issued an apology from their Twitter account, saying they “were inappropriate and do not reflect the LA Kings.”

Ryder also offered an apology online.


  1. sjsblitz - May 22, 2013 at 1:11 AM

    No, that tweet very well reflects the Kings twitter account. Its been that bad for awhile now.

  2. arlingtonrob - May 22, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Another example illustrating why I have no interest in twitter.

    • elvispocomo - May 22, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      And yet you post here…

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 2:33 PM

        oh this is twitter? I meant to go to PHT. squirley ol’ fingers.

      • elvispocomo - May 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        The comments I see here are much, much worse than the comments of anyone I follow on twitter. There’s plenty of dregs there too, but you don’t ever have to see them if you don’t want to.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 3:51 PM

        actually, a valid point. I retract.

      • elvispocomo - May 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM


  3. 950003cups - May 22, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    We’ve become a society of whiny babies.

    Here’s to getting back a society that once had a sense of humor, didn’t take crap from nobody, didn’t have this sense of self entitlement , and didn’t look for handouts.

    • rajplayscoy - May 22, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      …now who’s whining?

      • 950003cups - May 22, 2013 at 1:38 AM

        Not your mom, cause I took care of business!

        Oh! Did I offend you? Punk!

      • rajplayscoy - May 22, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        @Cups, how clever a mom joke. I feel so sorry for you now.

      • ydj1120 - May 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

        Actually it was quite clever. He baited you, and you fell for it and proved his point.

  4. benrob99 - May 22, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    I don’t know if I’d say it’s been bad… It’s occasionally funny. At least they seem to have fun with it, not just vanilla homer ism like every other teams official twitter. That being said that comment was certainly in poor taste.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 22, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Hahaha poor kings. Tables turned. Who whining now?

    • 19to77 - May 22, 2013 at 1:48 AM

      String together a couple of victories and suddenly the Sharks fans are just beaking away… wasn’t it just two games ago you were squealing about bad calls screwing your team out of victories?

    • btlpper68 - May 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM

      Even though series is tied haven’t won anything yet

    • elvispocomo - May 22, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      Nope, still the Sharks – and diving too!

  6. hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Not sure why the controversy, someone tried to make a joke and it didn’t work. People need to stop acting like words can hurt you.

    • 19to77 - May 22, 2013 at 1:50 AM

      Hear hear. It’s the Internet, not a bloody church service.

    • bcisleman - May 22, 2013 at 2:37 AM

      Some things just aren’t funny and I suspect anyone who has or whose loved ones have been victims of sexual abuse would have been hurt.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        agreed. I love when a person that isn’t offended by something tells others that ARE offended that they shouldn’t be offended…. because that person wasn’t offended themself. it’s not a matter of our culture being whiny (like 950003cups said above, and like i’ve heard from so many others recently), it’s a matter of the things individuals say getting to a bigger and bigger audience as social media and media in general grows. there’s no DOUBT that this tweet got to several people that are living in hell on earth due to some sort of sexual abuse, and it was used as a “joke.”

        I also think context is a big part of it. Daniel Tosh, for instance, says a lot of things that could be taken as offensive. but…. he’s a comedian, doing an edgy TV show. you know what you’re getting when you turn his show on. the Kings twitter…. not so much.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        I’m glad you’re able to dictate to us what can and cannot be humorous.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        when did I even say anything to that effect, hockeyflow?

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        also, thumbs-upping your own post is SOOOOO grown up.

  7. peehergriphon - May 22, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Watch out! Here comes the lame mom jokes.

    • elvispocomo - May 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

      Too late.

  8. 19to77 - May 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    Oh for Christ’s sake, it’s a joke, and not even a particularly offensive one. Some people have sticks crammed so far up their asses it’s a wonder they’re not coughing up wood chips.

    • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      at risk of sounding like a touchy-feely hippie: can you really not put yourself in somebody else’s shoes and think about how jokes like that might make them feel? to some people, a sexual abuse may be the biggest event that ever happened to them in their life. and here comes a HUGELY public joke that makes light of that huge event.

      forgive me if any part of this is wrong…. but you’re probably a straight white male from North America. you probably have the best opportunities and are the least discriminated against out of almost anybody on your continent. what if you were gay, black, a woman, or an immigrant? chances are, that would open your window as to what would be offensive. just because YOU’re in a social position that isn’t often attacked with words doesn’t mean things that are said aren’t offensive to others. I think that’s a bigger issue these days than not being allowed to tell a joke. an overall lack of compassion for others is the real problem, the way I see it.

      sorry for the essay, it’s just this argument has really gotten under my skin lately…. so i vented my opinion. if you change your mind, great. if not, so be it.

  9. mz1394 - May 22, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    I think they are going to top the sharks $100000 fine

  10. joeyg88 - May 22, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Who cares seriously

  11. xxakshunxx - May 22, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    I’m waiting for the new go to excuse normally saved for the athletes “our account was hacked”

  12. bruininnh1984 - May 22, 2013 at 3:03 AM

    i suppose if he really wanted to drive the point home, he could have said “kopitar just got raped in front of niemi”, but thankfully he had enough restraint to keep it from really offending someone. seriously, people say stupid stuff on the internet and on twitter all the time. as much i disagree with the way he said it, we all know the point he was trying to make. we need to stop being so freaking sensitive about every little thing someone says.

  13. ikillchicken - May 22, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    Here’s the thing about most of these comments…It’s tremendously easy to write something off as harmless and tell people not to be so sensitive when you yourself aren’t offended by it. One can’t help but wonder though, were it something that you actually did find off-putting, would you still be singing the same tune? Maybe. Obviously I can’t say for certain that any individual here is being hypocritical. But really, given how most of the people on this forum totally lose it when someone makes light of something as ultimately unimportant as the team they like…yeah. I’m hardly convinced.

    • concoursrider - May 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      You bring up a great point ikillchicken. Of course people say things that I don’t agree with and most likely don’t like. In that case, I’ll turn the channel or the page and move on. It’s their opinion and right or wrong or indifferent, it’s THEIR opinion and they are certainly entitled to it. I just think that people need to remind themselves that they have probably said something, that someone else has found offensive, but they found funny. They need to remind themselves about this and don’t jump the gun because they are emotional at that moment.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      Great point, we will only allow knock-knock jokes to be told from now on because only those with actual senses of humor will be offended but those people do not count.

  14. yousuxxors - May 22, 2013 at 5:57 AM

    god are people really that sensitive nowadays … wtf is happening to america.

  15. jrs45 - May 22, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    Its the pusification of the country I live in…..Amurrrica!!!!

  16. ryanrockzzz - May 22, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    America, where no one can just get real. The land of hypersensativity.

  17. cdalton2690 - May 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    People need to lighten up and stop taking everything as life and death. They weren’t talking to anyone in particular, they didn’t say anything about sexual abuse victims in a positive or negative way. No one was making fun of sexual abuse victims, or saying anything to directly to someone who has been a victim of sexual abuse. It was a comment about a hockey game that’s all it was.

  18. bauxjangles - May 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I thought he was being politically correct in using the term “sexually assaulted.” The biggest problem that I had was that he came off to be complaining a bit. Normally, the kings twitter feed is hilarious. This guy isn’t though.

    • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      I can’t speak for those offended, but if I was in their spot, I would be offended by the liberal use of the term… not so much the term itself. Likening sexual abuse to being roughed up a bit on the ice seems to be the offensive part.

      • tarotsujimoto74 - May 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

        Do people get upset when someone says that a guy got “killed” in the corner? I don’t think so, I just don’t see how someone can take offense to that.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 12:49 PM

        this will sound like I’m making it up because it sounds like too convenient of a reply to the argument you made… but shortly after family deaths, especially my sister, when I REALLY started to think about death, I really WAS ultra-sensitive to anything relating to death.

        don’t get me wrong though. I’m not saying the guy doesn’t have the right to post what he wants; I’m just saying that the ones that were offended have the right to be offended. you can’t deny them their thoughts even if you weren’t offended by it.

      • spiciercheez - May 22, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        grow a pair

  19. concoursrider - May 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Can we just stop with this apology tour when people say something is considered “offensive” in someone elses eyes? Just because ONE person doesn’t find it funny, entertaining, silly, etc., doesn’t mean it isn’t. I am tired of the “PC police” in this world. If you don’t like what you read, hear or see, then change the channel, stop reading the column or whatever. Was it funny? No and not because it offended me, it just wasn’t a funny joke in my opinion. That being said, some people may not agree with what I do find funny, and that’s fine! We are all entitled to our own opinions, thoughts, etc., but the moment someone doesn’t like it, all of a sudden it becomes a major issue and is “offensive” in their eyes. If I’m not mistaken, we do have the freedom of speech in this country still, right?

    • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      you realize that what you just said could be turned around on you without even changing the wording much right? you’re expressing your dissatisfaction over people expressing their dissatisfaction. it’s a bit hypocritical.

      PC is one thing, being rude to others by disregarding or discounting their feelings is another.

      • concoursrider - May 22, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        No, they absolutely have the right to express their sentiments, you are correct. But when someone or some group forces an apology out of someone because of what they said, that’s where I do have an issue.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        well I think your definition of “force” may be a bit loose. but I’m only basing that on the story. if somebody said they were going to fine the Kings for that, I’d have an issue with it too. but as far as this article says (I haven’t looked into it further than this PHT article), they weren’t forced. they were just responding to some displeased people. nobody overstepped their bounds really.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 22, 2013 at 1:40 PM

        Why? People have stupid feelings all the time. I will never understand how someone can claim words hurt them. Why would you ever put stock in or care what someone else, especially when it’s some random person, says?

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        I’ll just go ahead and reply to that how I really want to. Because I was brought up better than you.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 1:50 PM

        unbelievable man. that’s utterly unbelievable. I can’t leave it at that.

        you don’t care about ANYBODY but yourself? especially if you don’t happen to know them? that’s the definition of the words selfish, inconsiderate, rude, etc. this world may or may not be a better place if we’re all allowed to make whatever joke we want, whenever we want without offending somebody…. but it ABSOLUTELY would be a better world with way less people that think like you do.

      • ydj1120 - May 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

        No, (s)he said why would you care about or put stock in what anyone else says; a big difference than not caring about other people in general. In your high and mighty upbringing, apparently you didn’t have any reading comprehension classes.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 2:15 PM

        …reading comprehension isn’t just reading words. it’s picking up the message that the words imply. and if you didn’t infer that he doesn’t care about others in his comments on this thread… you’re the one lacking comprehension skills.

      • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

        also, if you’re talking about comprehension… where did you get that I said my upbringing was high and mighty? I didn’t say OR imply that. I only implied that his was sh**ty.

  20. buccobrigade - May 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    We have to stop being so ultra sensitive as a society.

  21. concoursrider - May 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    ibieiniid – May 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM
    well I think your definition of “force” may be a bit loose. but I’m only basing that on the story. if somebody said they were going to fine the Kings for that, I’d have an issue with it too. but as far as this article says (I haven’t looked into it further than this PHT article), they weren’t forced. they were just responding to some displeased people. nobody overstepped their bounds really.

    Maybe not in this case. Here are a few examples;

    Daniel Tosh was forced to issue an apology because of a rape joke.
    Traci Morgan was forced to issue an apology over a gay joke he made on stage.
    Katt Williams was forced to issue an apology because he went on a rant about Mexicans.

    I could go on, but you get my point. Now they were forced to make apologies because of public outcry and special interest groups, i.e. GLAAD, etc. Again, you and others may not like it and certainly have the right to voice your displeasure. However, no one should be forced to apologize for what they say, no matter how offensive you think it is.

    • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 2:32 PM

      good points, especially using Tosh, which I used above… I can ask the same question again though, were they forced? or were they urged? they could have taken their stand by not apologizing. they never had their free speech stripped from them. if they wanted to stand on what they said, they could have. sure, there would be social and possibly professional penalties… but they still had their 1st Amendment rights (in the states, not sure what the Canadian equivalent is).

      I’ll stick with my thought that they were not being FORCED to apologize. they apologized due to the fact that entertainers need fans to make money, and if you offend and lose all your fans, you’re no longer entertaining anybody.

    • ibieiniid - May 22, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      I just want to make clear again…. I’m not offended by any of those 4 things: this story, Tosh, Morgan, Williams. the thing that bothers me is that some people want to tell others what they should and shouldn’t be offended about. that’s all, the only gripe I have.

      concoursrider, if you want to continue on with intelligent, thoughtful convo like you have so far, I’ll reply. but these other 2 trolls can f*** off. done replying to them.

  22. dlk75150 - May 22, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    This is stupid

  23. dlk75150 - May 22, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Kind of a funny tweet! People are too serious.

  24. jacketsfan7 - May 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    @950003cups your so mature

  25. jacketsfan7 - May 22, 2013 at 8:53 PM


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