People at Mizzou are thrilled that the men’s basketball team is on the rise now after the Tigers won 27 total games in the previous three seasons.
But it’s important to remember that no matter how excited you get about your basketball team’s success, you should be careful what you tweet. This lesson is not limited to Mizzou supporters or even college basketball fans. It goes for anyone on Twitter who is watching a game.
The latest to regret a tweet is the University of Missouri police department, which wrote this at halftime of the Tigers’ 99-55 win over Wagner on Monday night: “Okay can we talk about how @MizzouHoops is so good it’s criminal? About to be a homicide at Mizzou Arena #MIZ”
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The first part of the tweet seemed good, but the second sentence? Not so much. It’s probably not a good idea to joke about homicide, particularly if you are a police department.
The University of Missouri police department quickly deleted the tweet, but they’re never really gone, as you can see from this screenshot.
Christian Basi, the director of the University of Missouri news bureau, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that a new officer recently received permission to run the Twitter account.
“Last night he posted a tweet that was immediately recognized as inappropriate,” Basi told the Post-Dispatch Tuesday. “It was a mistake and was taken down as quickly as possible, and the officer and others will be going through training related to social media interaction in the near future.”
Not long after deleting that message, the Mizzou police tweeted: “of course we are kidding... no homicide. Just pure talent”