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Houston Rockets quickly delete this controversial tweet to the Dallas Mavericks

If you can't shoot a horse emoji after beating an intrastate rival in basketball, when exactly can you do it?


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on Apr 29, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 11:17 pm CDT

The Houston Rockets ended the Dallas Mavericks’ season on Tuesday night, winning Game 5 of the first-round series and eliminating Dallas’ chances for an NBA title. 

Naturally, there’s nothing wrong with a little intrastate rivalry trash-talking. Isn’t that right, unnamed Houston Rockets social media guy or gal who (correctly, in my opinion) believed this would be hilarious?

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Not surprisingly, the Mavericks social media team didn’t care for the tweet, but what could they do about it? Their season, after all, was over anyway.

Also not surprisingly, the Rockets tweet lasted online for only a few minutes before somebody deleted it. Which, in actuality, probably upset more people than if the team had simply left the tweet stand.

But here’s the most disappointing part of this entire story:                

I mean, when we have to start apologizing for horse-shooting emoji, what kind of world are we living in? Yet, as always, there’s a lesson here.

H/T The Big Lead | Photo via Keith Allison/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2015, 1:19 am CDT