In the midst of a crisis between Israel and Palestine, Dwight Howard has found himself in a comprising situation. Howard tweeted his support for Palestine by tweeting “#FreePalestine” Saturday afternoon. The tweet quickly garnered attention by thousands of fans voicing both support and anger.
Howard deleted the tweet less than an hour later, but not before upsetting many of his fans. One fan, @artorubin86 said, “@DwightHoward disgusting. Thought you were more educated than that. Glad you left the #lakers.”
Howard then sent out two more tweets, apologizing for his controversial tweet. @DwightHoward said, “previous tweet was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will.”
@DwightHoward also said, “I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous tweet, it was a mistake!”
This drew ire from Palestinian supporters who then began to attack Howard for deleting the tweet. @stopbeingfamous said, “Why tweet #FreePalestine if you’re ashamed/frightened to say it? Better off saying nothing. @DwightHoward.”
Others pointed out that his teammate Omri Casspi is Israeli, and his tweet could cause tension between the two. Although Casspi has yet to reply to Howard publicly, he has been active on Twitter in the past few days voicing his support for his home country.
Despite the fact that Howard took down the tweet and apologized shortly after, he surely caused quite a stir in the social media world. Howard is yet another public figure who is tarnishing his reputation by not thinking before acting on social media.