The #RT Mistake

By Keith Schultz

April 12, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) in game one of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

As mentioned on our site earlier during the summer, Twitter and other social media sites can be a very powerful tool, something to waste enormous amounts of time with, or sometimes it can be very destructive.

During the summer most of the fans that followed Jimmy Hayes were humored or rolled your eyes depending on your level of humor when Hayes was tweeting out silly lame jokes.  This of course was humorous and funny and for some would put a smile on their faces, but none of this of course was harmful or directing hate to anyone.

Dave Bolland on the other hand had to issue an apology this weekend because his account retweeted that he wanted Gary Bettman dead.

For most pro athletes I find it hard to believe that they actually post their thoughts on Twitter, but I’m sure it’s someone in their posse that is doing the tweets.  Secondly, it seems very strange when people are begging to get retweeted from any celebrity or sports star, and then on rare occasions you get a superstar that just starts retweeting everything.  Lastly, if you really own anything why wouldn’t you make sure that it something you wouldn’t have to apologize before you retweet anything.

Anyways, the tweet has been deleted from the Bolland account and he had to issue an apology.  Trust me I’m sure anyone with any connection to hockey wants to get this lockout over and real hockey back on the ice, but this isn’t the middle ages that if we disagree with someone we just want them dead.  Read before you Retweet!

Twitter and Facebook (which you can follow @Blackhawk_Up or Friend us on Facebook at Blackhawk UP) is good instrument if used correctly. It is funny that the all-time greats were protected by the media, but in today’s world everyone’s every thought is in a persons hand instantly on their smart phone, and the media is around just to handle the apologies.

None of this would even be talked about if Bettman and Fehr would just…..