The Calgary Flames apologized Friday for an inadvertent tweet earlier in the day from the club's official Twitter account (@NHLFlames) criticizing Ales Hemsky's two-year, $10 million extension with the rival Edmonton Oilers.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, read: "$10 million over two years for Hemsky is the funniest thing I've heard in a long, long time. I hope it happens. #whatajoke"
The Flames released the following explanation on their website:
Earlier today an inappropriate tweet was sent from our @NHLFlames account by a staff member. The below tweet was meant to come from a personal account, which we do not condone either, but mistakenly made its way onto our timeline.
The tweet was deemed inappropriate and immediately deleted; however we do acknowledge its existence. We quickly followed up on our account with the following tweet:
We apologize for a tweet that was sent out from our account inadvertently. We are looking into the matter.— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) February 24, 2012
It is an internal issue that will be dealt with and it does not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the Calgary Flames organization.
hat-tip: Calgary Herald.
The Flames had no choice but to apologize, but it's fun to imagine a world in which team staffers are allowed to troll opposing teams like a boxing promoter. Rivalries are what make sports fun, not polite PR-speak.