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Old 04-29-2015, 05:40 PM   #1
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Rockets fire social media manager after offensive tweet

A day after the Rockets apologized for an offensive tweet sent toward the end of a series-clinching win over Dallas, the team fired its social media manager.

The Houston Rockets were putting the finishing touches on a 104-93 win in Game 5 for their first series win in the playoffs in six years. With about a minute left in regulation, the Rockets' official Twitter sent a tweet with a gun emoji to a horse's head, followed by the comment, "Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon."

Not long after, the tweet was removed and the Rockets were apologizing.

"Our Tweet earlier was in very poor taste & not indicative of the respect we have for the @dallasmavs & their fans. We sincerely apologize."

The Mavericks' official Twitter account was one of many to take umbrage to the tweet.

"Not very classy but we still wish you guys the best of luck in the next round," their reply said.

On Wednesday, Chad Shanks tweeted "Sometimes you can go too far. I will no longer run @HoustonRockets but am grateful to the organization that let me develop an online voice."

And "I did my best to make the account the best in the NBA by pushing the envelope, but pushed too far for some and for that I apologize."

Now a petition is underway and the hashtag #BringBackChad on social media.

KPRC 2 spoke with Shanks. Tune in to KPRC 2 News at 6pm to hear his side of the story.

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