From time-to-time on Twitter, we tweet something we shouldn't. If you're an average user, you just delete the gaffe and move on. No one cares. But if you're a celebrity, such as professional athlete Vontae Davis, you have exactly zero seconds to delete it.
Meaning, you can't.
Your tweet is picked up by media and fans as soon as you hit send, and trying to erase it from the social media archives is futile. What's left for celebrities when they tweet something they should not are two options: you either own up to it, or create a lame excuse that eventually digs you into an even deeper hole.
Today, Vontae Davis chose the latter.
About an hour ago, Davis tweeted that he had met with Dolphins Free Agent, Sean Smith, who had reported to him that he was in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs. Davis also offered a free promotion for Smith, stating that he would be a great pickup for the Chiefs.
Problem is, Smith is not allowed to talk to any other team except the Dolphins at this point in time, and doing so is against NFL rules.
Fans and media immediately picked up on this and blasted both Davis for "snitching," and Smith for breaking the rules. So, in a move of what we assume was sheer panic, Davis immediately tweeted "I was hack(ed)." Unbeknownst to Davis, Smith was in the process of Tweeting an apology to the fans of Miami, admitting he did talk to Davis last night, but not about being traded to the chiefs.
So now, not only did Davis make a huge Twitter gaffe admitting his friend Sean Smith broke the rules, but then he clearly lied about being hacked in the process. Thus, turning a molehill into a mountain, and most likely sparking a league investigation into the discussion.
The bottom lines is this: we're all human and make mistakes, but we've seen way too many "I was hacked excuses" to grant any merit to those claims on Twitter. We all know that Twitter is so fast-paced that it is easy to make mistakes like the tweet Davis sent out. But, honestly, you have to know that your fans and the media are a little more intelligent than you give them credit for.
Next time this happens, Vontae, just man up and say sorry. It's the only choice you really have.