Peter King is perhaps the preeminent NFL writer of his generation, and when his career is finally complete, his legacy—his long tenure at Sports Illustrated, his work on MMQB, and his quality writing and reporting—will be as one of the great sports journalists of the era.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t write dumb tweets that his critics love to remind him about, particularly one in which he gleefully broke the news to a random Milwaukee restaurant host that Robin Williams had died and another in which he used the exact wrong word during the Ferguson saga.
But what he tweeted Friday was actually dangerous, and it didn’t go unnoticed by the San Diego police department, which scolded King in a subsequent tweet (full disclosure: When I was an NFL reporter, I interacted with King a handful of times, and he was always more than pleasant and helpful to me).
— Peter King (@peter_king) August 20, 2016
Not only did King implicate his co-worker in a crime, he conjured the wrath of those who dislike him on Twitter and those who ride bikes.
— Brian Dziewa (@bicyclebrian) August 20, 2016
Awful judgement on both of you. Five cyclists have been killed in San Diego this year due to moves like this.
— Todd Munson (@themunson) August 20, 2016
— Snarkitect (@snarkcycle) August 20, 2016
— 42 Year Old Zamboni Driver (@CarcelMousineau) August 20, 2016
And you know who really didn’t think the tweet was clever? The San Diego police department.
— San Diego Police Department (@SanDiegoPD) August 21, 2016
On Monday, King apologized by writing, “My apologies to those offended (and you should have been) by my tweeting the photo the other night of our car in the bicycle lane for a few hundred feet near Qualcomm Stadium, hustling to get there in time for an interview. Dumb by me for sure, and I’m sorry for the post.”
San Diego is usually known as a pretty chill city. But as we all know too well: Hell hath no fury than a cyclist whose well-being isn’t taken seriously by drivers, journalists, and journalists who drive cars.