OH MY GOD @Lakers DID YOU REALLY JUST TWEET NEVER FORGET ON 9/11 OVER A PICTURE OF KOBE? REALLY? YOU THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA?—
Beejoli Shah (@beejoli) September 11, 2013
Yes, it’s true. whoever runs the official twitter account of the Lakers thought it was a great idea to tweet a picture of Kobe Bryant in order to commemorate the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The tweet was deleted, but as you know, Twitchy is forever:
If you squint really hard and maybe grab a microscope, you might catch the tiny image of a 9/11 ribbon on Kobe’s jersey. Seems a little out of proportion for the horror of that day, though.
This apology was issued via email:
We apologize to anyone who took this differently than we intended and were therefore offended by it. We used a photo of how we commemorated 9/11 in the 2001-02 season, shortly after the tragedy occurred, because we wanted to show our support of what we felt at that time and continue to feel now. Out of respect for the intensely personal nature of how people remember this day, and that we recognize that not everyone understood the intent of our message, we pulled down our tweet and photo. Ultimately, our intent was to honor the spirit of remembering a day that we should all never forget.