WRITER and longtime NBA reporter Chris Palmer was called out over the weekend for what many people claim are hypocritical tweets.
Here is more on Palmer and the series of events that took place over the last few days.
Who is Chris Palmer and when did he work at ESPN?
Palmer, “an accomplished multi-media sports journalist” according to his LinkedIn profile, was a staff writer for ESPN from 1999 to 2013.
He is also an author whose most recent book was about former NBA player Lamar Odom.
“I have embraced social media as a means to connect and engage readers, fans, athletes and gamers by developing a knack for crafting exceptional tweets – knowing when and how to effectively use pictures, video and gifs – making my accounts among the most buzzworthy in the sports world,” he wrote on his LinkedIn page.
Who is George Floyd and why are there riots happening?
George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck while making the arrest.
Floyd was arrested after allegedly trying to use forged documents at a deli.
Chauvin, who was fired along with three other officers, was later charged with murder.
He was filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as the black man pleaded, “please don’t kill me” and said “I can’t breathe.”
Chauvin is “effectively on suicide watch” while in custody.
Floyd’s death has sparked violent protests and violence in Minneapolis and all over the country
About 50 Secret Service agents were injured during clashes outside the White House on Sunday night.
A man was shot dead by police in Louisville early Monday while attempting to break up a gathering.
In Indiana a peaceful protestor lost an eye after being hit in the face by a tear gas canister.
Additionally, a husband and wife were assaulted by looters in Rochester, New York.
What did he tweet about the riots and protests?
Palmer admonished looters who were operating in his California neighborhood – after urging others in Minneapolis to “burn that s**t down. Burn it all down.”
The initial comment in favor of the looters came when he retweeted the photo of a burning building – which turned out to be a housing development under construction, according to the Star Tribune.
Palmer then later complained about people who “attacked our sister community down the street.”
“It’s a gated community and they tried to climb the gates,” he wrote on Sunday.
“They had to beat them back. Then destroyed a Starbucks and are now in front of my building.
“Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood. Go back to where you live.”
He added: “Tear up your own s**t. Don’t come to where we live at and tear our neighborhood up.”
“We care about our community. If you don’t care about yours I don’t give a s**t.”
Palmer also wrote that “make no mistake about it those who were looting were not protestors.”
“They were criminals who just blended in. Hell bent on stealing and property destruction.
“When the legit protestors left midday everything went off the rails.”
The writer would later say that retweeting the burning building was “my mistake,” and that he did not realize it was low-income housing.
“I do not endorse property destruction of any kind,” he wrote.
“Real protestors don’t loot. Peaceful protest is the only way. Be safe. God Bless.”
He also addressed the alleged hypocrisy in a tweet Monday morning.
“Obviously, I didn’t choose the right words,” he wrote in response to another Twitter user.
“It was a crazy weekend. Lots of stress and panic. Tear gas is a mother.
“I don’t endorse property destruction in any form. I’m not perfect. But I will work at it. Be well. Take care.”
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