Uh oh. While thanking fans for reaching 1 million followers, the New England Patriots Twitter account accidentally tweeted out a racial slur! Yikes. Click to see the tweet.
The New England Patriots experienced one major fumble on their Twitter account on Nov. 13. The team’s official account accidentally tweeted a racial slur as they were thanking fans for helping them reach 1 million followers. The tweet has since been deleted, but fans had a strong reaction to the shocking message.
New England Patriots’ Racist Tweet
This is something we didn’t see coming.
The New England Patriots shocked everyone with just one tweet! The Twitter account for the 3-time Super Bowl winning team accidentally thanked a Twitter user that included a racial slur in its handle.
Not only that, the account also posted a photo of a jersey with the said Twitter handle @IHATENI***RSS displayed across the back.
The initial plan was to thank Patriots fans for helping the team become the first NFL team to reach 1 million followers on Twitter. The team tweeted at many followers with customized digital jerseys, one of which included the racist Twitter handle.
The tweet was deleted soon after it was posted. The team later tweeted, “We apologize for the regrettable tweet that went out from our account. Our filtering system failed & we will be more vigilant in the future.”
Despite the apology, fans still freaked out over the massive mistake.
Talk about a major system error @Patriots I get that someone has a racist handle but wow someone needs to pay attention!!! That’s bad so bad
— Melissa Teixeira (@HemiGirl) November 13, 2014
Patriots are the first NFL team to a million followers and they couldn’t be more racist about it.
— Terry Radshaw (@TForeal21) November 13, 2014
Pretty sure whoever runs the @Patriots Twitter account just got fired.
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) November 13, 2014
Last minute entry for worst tweet of 2014
— Seth Fiegerman (@sfiegerman) November 13, 2014
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about this Twitter fumble? Let us know.
— Avery Thompson