Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin really needs to change his Twitter password. That, or get rid of his account altogether.
Seguin, who’s widely considered one of the NHL’s top young players, was recently traded to the Stars from the Boston Bruins. Shortly after the trade was announced, the message “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow,” appeared on Seguin’s Twitter profile.
Seguin says the quote, which is from the movie Full Metal Jacket‘s boot camp sequence, wasn’t his work. Instead, he claims his Twitter account was hacked and someone else posted the message.
But should we believe Seguin or not?
For one, Seguin has admitted to making homophobic comments before. Back in April, Seguin (who’s clearly no Rhodes Scholar) posted the tweet “Gave me goosebumps no homo. My roommate and boy have some skills,” after listening to a song recorded by a friend’s band.
Seguin later apologized for the comment.
As for this most recent incident, the Stars’ organization hasn’t exactly proclaimed Seguin’s innocence in the matter.
“In no way, shape or form does the Dallas Stars organization condone or agree with the message that was sent out through Tyler Seguin’s Twitter feed last night,” the team said in a recent statement.
“We’ve addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we’ll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media.”
(It’s actually pretty simple, guys: don’t make asses of yourselves on Facebook or Twitter.)
Finally, recent comments from Seguin’s former general manager Peter Chiarelli suggest the kid has some growing up to do.
“I know I see the Twitter-verse, whatever it’s called, and a lot of these reports about his extracurricular stuff, and I’ve made comments that due to his professionalism and acting more like a professional,” Chiarelli said, adding that, “what has to be remembered in all this is that he’s 21 years old.”
Valid excuse, or not?