Most of you have probably followed the Danellisgate over the last few weeks and I won’t rehash it here, but last night the result of the social media fiasco was that Lightning goaltender @33dellis left the Twitter community after being battered and bruised by many fans and bloggers.
His final tweets read like quotes from the Lightning Marketing Manual for Dummies and he sounded like an NHL child being scolded by his General Manager:
I am grateful for those who have shown support in the last couple days but am incredibly sorry for those I have offended.
Twitter was a great way to see inside the life of athletes outside of public media. But this is even too much for me.
I feel bad for the sincere followers/fans who just wanted a glimpse of things from the inside. But with the recent explosion…
I am shutting down my twitter because in no way shape or form do I want this to disrupt my team.
I deeply care for my teammates and faithful followers. This has all been misconstrued to no end and ppl’s feelings are getting hurt.
As Ellis left Twitter he made us all aware of his charitable contributions resume, highlighting his donations to underprivileged kids and his pledge to the Garth Brooks (Friends in Low Places) charity. I couldn’t help but feel that this smacked of Brad Garrett proclaiming that, “Some of my best friends are black.”
Ellis went on:
There was never any intention in my tweets to undermine ppl (people) who are in different income brackets. I donate 10% of my salary each year to..
Help under privileged (underprivileged) kids across the world. as long as I play in the NHL my peldge (pledge) will remain the same to The Garth Brooks Foundation.
I deeply care for the less fortunate and make many efforts to be of even marginal help. I wish you all a happy twitter experience and…
Hope you do not allow this misunderstanding to form the basis of your opinion of me. I welcome any of you to meet me in person to chat.
But no longer will I xpress things through this medium. Thx again to all the good ppl (people) I have met on twitter. I wish you all the very best.
Peace out twitter!
Perhaps Ellis will find a different way to soothe his boredom with other pursuits besides “stirring the pot.”
I view Ellis as a highly paid athlete that is sort of a doofus. He loved using the social media on a daily basis to tell us all about his wonderful life, but left with his tail between his legs after not being able to stand up for his own comments. Hopefully his play in net will be a little stronger than his glass jaw.
About the Author: WB Philp is a published hockey writer who has a built in disdain for Barry Melrose. He covered the Detroit sports teams for many years until he came to his senses and moved to the Sunshine State. He is a true puckhead on a mission from God (Gordie Howe) to make hockey relevant in the south. He lives in Hockey Bay USA and covers the Lightning full time. Did I mention he hates Barry Melrose?