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Dallas Stars distance themselves from Tyler Seguin after latest Twitter fiasco

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Tyler Seguin was traded from the Boston Bruins to the Dallas Stars

Tyler Seguin is already in hot water with his new club. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

So much for a fresh start.

Tyler Seguin hasn’t yet stepped foot in Texas since being acquired by the Dallas Stars on Thursday and already the organization has gotten a taste of the maturity problem that got him bounced from Boston.

A homophobic tweet sent out to his nearly 275,000 followers last night forced the Stars to distance from him publicly.

“In no way, shape or form does the Dallas Stars organization condone or agree with the message that was sent out through Tyler Seguin’s Twitter feed last night. We’ve addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we’ll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media.”

Ouch. Not exactly a strong first impression with the new boss.

Here’s Seguin’s tweet, which has since been deleted (s/t to Connor Small):

After the tweet began attracting attention, Seguin tried to deflect blame by claiming his account had been hacked. At this point, that line of defense has about as much credibility as saying the dog ate your homework. Still, when you consider the actual content of the message, it’s almost plausible. It reads more like the work of a prankster than a hacker.

Early on Sunday, he announced he was backing away from Twitter.

Probably the best idea he’s had in awhile.

Whatever the real story is here, the end result is a reputation that’s in serious need of rehabilitation. This comes less than two weeks after he was ripped for his play in the postseason and just days after Seguin was blasted for a lack of professionalism by Boston GM Peter Chiarelli. As soon as the trade was finalized, rumors that had been percolating about his questionable decision-making away from the rink bubbled to the surface.

And this isn’t the first time he’s tweeted something potentially objectionable. Earlier this year, he added “no homo” to a description of his reaction after listening to a song written by his roommate. He later apologized for using that phrase.

There was no apology this time — probably a good thing given the “I didn’t do it” defense — but either way Seguin’s judgment should be called into question. If he did it, he has to learn that he can’t afford to use the “I’m just a 21-year-old kid” excuse anymore. And if this was the work of a prank-pulling buddy, he clearly needs to make better decisions about who he hangs out with…and where he leaves his phone.

Seguin is scheduled to meet the Dallas media later this week. Should be interesting.

  • Published On Jul 07, 2013
  • 15 comments
    Leifericson
    Leifericson

    He didn't send that... obviously...

    He should stop using the computer 100%.

    That would help wake him up too.

    bigcatranger
    bigcatranger

    It's a line from full metal jacket boot camp scene, if he used the whole sequence he be in way more trouble.

    unsean19
    unsean19

    Seems more like an "I'm coming out moment" rather than a hate tweet. And if it is a hate tweet sounds like he's hating on Texas, not the LGBT community. And if we are going to freak out on every little thing nowadays might as well start a petition to remove the line from the movie he stole it from.

    What I'm saying is that people are way to sensitive and its pathetic. 

    YinkaDoubleDare
    YinkaDoubleDare

    Gotta be honest, this might be the first time I actually believe the almost-never-believable "I was hacked" defense. 

    JasonMacBride
    JasonMacBride

    Three worst inventions of all time:

    1) TSA airport screeners

    2) Twitter

    3) Facebook


    d3
    d3

    just play hockey kid, not complicated 

    AaronDunckel
    AaronDunckel

    Twitter is making our society into a bunch of knee-jerk overreaction specialists about every little single thing that pops into peoples heads, or thumbs

    dahlqvist
    dahlqvist

    In the tweet, Seguin seems to imply that he's gay.

    muser
    muser

    I don't get the tweet. Is he saying he's gay? He's an idiot. 

    Eww
    Eww

    Im confused, obiously using the word "queer" is awful (even though when you have shows called queer eye for the straight guy, which i feel lost the word some of its slander), but to me, that tweet says that he's gay. How is that homophobic? If he had ended it with "and i aint queer" or something along those lines I get it, but this isn't that...


    Also, the "hacker" thing makes perfect sense considering that the tweet translates to: I'm Gay. If he's not gay, then why would he say this? He wouldn't, which lends itself to the whole "hacker" theory. Like im fully opposed to actual homophobia, racism, etc. But sometimes the media blows things so far out of proportion it's ridiculous, and when you start going too far with the claims, it lessens the argument for when it happens legitimately. 

    Bodo_Toadfoot
    Bodo_Toadfoot

    No way Seguin sent that text. Had to be a prank, and a bad one at that.