The Philadelphia Eagles chose American football running back, Wendell Smallwood, as one of their draft picks for the season. When Smallwood got the news that he was coming to Philly, he quickly realized that some of his previous tweet history could cause image problems, and he attempted to delete his account.
However, the Internet does not forget and his tweets still got out and were captured by various social media followers. He had demeaning and hateful on his account denouncing everything about Philadelphia and mentioning that he would never want to play there.
He also had an angry, homophobic tweet in the mix that said: “75% philly niggas gay.” Obviously, he tweets caused an uproar and a number of fans expressed their rage and anger towards the athlete.
After being drafted, Smallwood addressed the tweet controversy and apologized, saying:
“The stuff on Twitter — I was young. It’s real embarrassing. I don’t believe anything I said. I’ve definitely grown since that stuff was sent out. I’ve learned from it.”
The tweets were from 5 years ago, when Smallwood was only 17 years old. But does time heal the wounds, and does that mean that he gets a free pass on what he said?
I guess time will tell based on how he acts and what he says when he is actually playing in the City of Brotherly Love.