The Dallas Mavericks may be out of the NBA playoffs, but they are still very much in the headlines.
This week, in the aftermath of the Uvalde school shooting, the Mavericks decided to take an interesting stand on social media.
Specifically, they took to Twitter and sent out a message that immediately went viral – and not for a good reason.
The message largely speaks for itself:
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) May 31, 2022
As does the subsequent response:
The more I look at this tweet, the more I think the initial idea had to be a joke. No person could seriously suggest this and have people agree to do it. https://t.co/Fg8H89qYox
— Preston Byers (@PresByers) June 1, 2022
You would’ve been better off taking another 21 minutes to think before bothering with this tweet. https://t.co/JV8C3vyX00
— Iron Raiden (@DarienDude) June 1, 2022
This is a real tweet. Amazing https://t.co/OsaMayvXLq
— Jeremy Prime (@DDayCobra) June 1, 2022
In an era of meaningless empty gestures, this one takes the gold. https://t.co/UHcBnykGGx
— Jon Miltimore (@miltimore79) June 1, 2022
The real heroes 👇 https://t.co/WMczuqpflj
— fraser ramon (@SteveMerkle9) June 1, 2022
It’s finally happening, change is coming. Thank you. https://t.co/6ggPtVvOjI
— äkta majonnäs (@burkbea) June 1, 2022
Apparently, it takes very little effort to signal these days.
How pathetic. https://t.co/rrkLLTZBUL
— Bonnie Blue (@BonnieBlueTK) June 1, 2022
Big picture, it’s easy to see what the Mavericks were going for here. They wanted to acknowledge a major tragedy that occurred close to home in a way that didn’t alienate anyone.
That said – it’s similarly easy to understand why some folks were rubbed the wrong way by it.
The Mavs have been in the news quite a bit in recent weeks for not-so-great reasons. This most recent disaster is just par for the course.
That’s one way to do it. https://t.co/hvBsvrVAuA
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 1, 2022
Will the social media team ultimately go back and delete this ill-advised tweet?
Time will tell.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.