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Rockets fire employee for horse/gun tweet toward Mavericks

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Houston Rockets apologized to the Dallas Mavericks after this tweet showing a horse being shot by a gun was published on their Twitter feed Tuesday night.Twitter

Houston Rockets apologized to the Dallas Mavericks after this tweet showing a horse being shot by a gun was published on their Twitter feed Tuesday night.

They weren’t horsing around.

The Houston Rockets has fired their social media manager after he tweeted out emoji of a horse about to be shot with a gun during a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

“Shhhhh. Just close your eyes. It will all be over soon,” the dark-humored tweet posted on the team’s main account Tuesday read.

The Rockets went on to beat the Mavericks 103-94, marking their first playoff series victory since 2009.

It was Chad Shanks’ excitement that apparently got the best of him with his teasing tweet which drew upset from Maverick fans and even some contempt from the opposing team.

“@HoustonRockets Not very classy but we still wish you guys the best of luck in the next round,” their opponent responded to the horse and gun.

After the Tweet was deleted, a new voice took over the Rockets’ account with an apology.

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

Shanks also apologized on his private account, writing:

“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.

“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.

“I hope there’s another organization out there in need of someone willing to take chances and create engaging social content. I hope.”

His account’s description has also since been changed to read: “Will probably be tweeting less about basketball now.”

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