Yesterday was the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, and as we showed you, many NBA teams and players took to their Twitter accounts to express that they will #NeverForget the tragedy of September 11th.
Unfortunately, a post by the Lakers had a lot of people upset, and eventually they had to remove it, and issue an apology.
They posted a photo of Kobe Bryant from the 2001-2002 season, wearing a jersey that had the patch of a red, white, and blue ribbon along with the American flag, plus the photoe had the caption #NEVERFORGET. Some took this the wrong way, and thought the Lakers were exploiting the infamous day as a means to promote their brand, or even as a tongue-in-cheek joke about Bryant’s old mini-afro hairstyle.
As mentioned, the Lakers removed the post, and issued an apology explaining the photo.
“We apologize to anyone who took this differently than we intended and were therefore offended by it,” Lakers spokesman John Black said in an e-mail. “We used a photo of how we commemorated 9/11 in the 2001-02 season, shortly after the tragedy occurred, because we wanted to show our support of what we felt at that time and continue to feel now. Out of respect for the intensely personal nature of how people remember this day, and that we recognize that not everyone understood the intent of our message, we pulled down our tweet and photo. Ultimately, our intent was to honor the spirit of remembering a day that we should all never forget.”