When the Seattle Seahawks lost in their NFL matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, 17-10, on Sunday, December 22, Washington state lawmaker, Joe Fitzgibbon (D), was not too happy about it. Like so many other people do after a tough loss, he decided to vent his frustrations on Twitter, but his response was not what many of his followers and others expected from a politician's account:
"Losing sucks," Fitzgibbon tweeted out about the loss. "Losing to a desert racist wasteland sucks even worse."
Moments later, his followers, constituents, and Twitter users from all over the world tweeted out their own frustrations with Fitzgibbon's tactless tweet. With many from his home state of Washington urging the lawmaker to lose with a little more grace next time.
Fitzgibbon quickly deleted the tweet, and offered an explanation:
"Upset re hawks loss, and failure of smart immigration reform--shouldn't have conflated the 2 though. Happy holidays, better for both in '14," Fitzgibbon stated.
Yet, not too many people were satisfied with the apology, either. Citing that, in all honesty, it wasn't even really a apology at all, and offered no "sorry" to people from the state of Arizona. Users were also confused as to how a politician would be so quick to pull the trigger and tweet something that could be construed as offensive while knowing full well that once you tweet it, even if it's deleted, is not going away.
Fitzgibbon may have a couple tough decisions in the future if the Seahawks continue to play well. There's a chance the two teams could face off again in the playoffs this year, but that game would be played in Seattle. However, Fitzgibbon may have a difficult time getting his hands on a ticket if the Seahawks make it to the Super Bowl in 2015; which will be hosted in Phoenix, Arizona.