On Thursday at 11:32 p.m. ET, the @LAKings
account tweeted an off-colour joke about their player getting roughed up in front of the Sharks net. The tweet compared hockey checks to rape.
Now deleted, the tweet was quickly screen-captured
by Twitter users who voiced their outrage. The offending tweet read:
Galiardi gets a penalty for running over Quick. Power Play Kings. Kopitar just got sexually assaulted in front of Niemi.
, a Kings forward, was being pushed in front of the Sharks net by defenders. Niemi refers to Sharks goaltender Antii Niemi
, senior editor of NHL at Sporting News, replied to the tweet with: "Looks like you guys suck after all."
Another sports journalist, Prescott Rossi
, wrote, "It's all fun and games until somebody writes rape jokes on your Twitter feed. Go away, @LAKings."
Around 35 minutes after the deleted tweet, the Kings' Twitter team apologized for the offending tweet, blaming a guest for the sexual-assault snark. "They were inappropriate and do not reflect the LA Kings," the apology read.
The Twitter account didn't reply to the matter any further, by time of publication.
The Kings account was taken over during the second period by Kevin Ryder
, a morning show host on KROQ-FM, an alternative rock-format radio station in Los Angeles. Sometimes, a sports team's Twitter accounts is controlled by guest live-tweeters to attract fans.
circulated about the tweet raising hackles across social media, Ryder tweeted: "Should I apologize? I apologize to the Kings. Not to Deadspin, or ESPN, or any other group taking my joke out of context to be outraged by."
He added a few minutes later: "Unfortunately there is sexual abuse. Shame on you for your fake outrage."
Back on the ice, the Sharks won 2-1, evening the series to 2-2.