Shortly before the 2012 NBA Free Agency period opened at 12:00 am EST, a few pieces of news concerning Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard exploded into the Twitterverse. One, momentously redundant: Dwight Howard would like to be traded to the New Jersey Nets. The second, nearly unbelievable: Dwight Howard is exploring possible legal action against the Magic, claiming they "blackmailed" him into waiving his opt-out clause instead of ending his contract this summer.
The trade demand was all too predictable: Howard's agreement to continue with the Magic was somewhere between a circus act and performance art, and few expected the story to end there. But the escalation to accusations of criminal activity? Blackmail from a team that took shockingly drastic measures to appease their star? Enough is enough already. Or so says Brandon Jennings.
The Bucks point guard is one of the more candid athletes on Twitter these days, and the whole ordeal did not go unnoticed by him. Neither did the potential consequences of his response, though, and shortly after speaking his mind, the tweets in question disappeared from the record. Thankfully the vigilant NBA blogosphere was on top of things.
In case you missed it, Brandon Jennings tweets about Dwight Howard's situation. twitpic.com/a2ic3o— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) July 1, 2012
Jennings' dealings with his own team have stirred up strong emotions in the past, but nothing in the NBA quite approaches the drama in Orlando right now. Jennings might be hearing from the NBA offices regarding his commentary, but he's earned the admiration of many faithful fans.
Brandon Jennings be tweeting hot fire.— Noam Schiller (@noamschiller) July 1, 2012
Brandon Jennings is absolutely owning Dwight Howard right now.— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) July 1, 2012
Call him inefficient, just don't call him timid.
Quick Update From Steve:
We've got ourselves an old-fashioned backtrack and tweet delete episode here, folks! First the original comments (they have been preserved by some RTs) and then the retraction:
HahhahhahaRT @BRAND0NJENNINGS: Dwight Howard is acting weird now.... Smh— Ekpe Udoh (@EkpeUdoh) July 1, 2012
RT @BRAND0NJENNINGS: why would a team black mail you that wants you...— Rohan (@Rohan_Cruyff) July 1, 2012
Really?! RT @BRAND0NJENNINGS Nvm on Dwight Howard I understand now.... I def take that back..— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) July 1, 2012