By: Jordan Ottaway
The Dallas Maverick’s horrible play and Rick Carlisle’s $25,000 fine for criticizing the officials weren’t the only things sparking a big reaction during the first round of the 2015 NBA playoffs. Chad Shanks, the social media manager for the Houston Rockets, posted a tweet that ended up costing him his job.
During game 5, @HoustonRockets posted a tweet that read, “Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon.” Along with a horse emoji with a gun pointed to its head. The saying of watching what you post on social media really seemed to come back to haunt him.
Dallas responded saying, “Not very classy but we still wish you guys the best of luck in the next round.” Shanks said that the tweet was in the heat of the moment and that his emotions got the better of him. There is even a petition to get him back and a hash tag on Twitter called #BringBackChad.
Yes, this is sports and emotions run high when Houston team is, in this case, embarrassing Dallas, but he is still the face of Houston when posting to that account. That was a tweet that should have gone to his personal account. He has to remain professional when representing the Rocket’s franchise.
In my own personal opinion, I feel that his punishment was justified because if he had suspended then there would be a chance he would do it again. In an email interview with Shanks, he said that his boss usually let him push the limits but was not happy at all with this post. That shows that Houston does draw the line and wants to keep it classy and civil in all cases.
Houston, similar to many franchises, doesn’t want to gain a reputation of condoning behavior like Shanks showed. I feel like I am in the minority for saying his punishment was appropriate, but it would have been on his personal account then we wouldn’t be having this conversation.