This is why Gregg Popovich probably wishes that none of his players were on any kind of social media at all. With the Spurs in Europe for the NBA Global Games, Danny Green visited the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and snapped the following picture, originally posted with the below text.
"You know I had to do it one time lol #Holocaust"
Obviously, lol'ing at the deaths of millions of people isn't a good idea -- and it's almost certainly not what Green meant to do. But it is what he did. As negative reaction to his careless and insensitive Tweet mounted, Green first changed the caption to "A lot of history here, more than you could imagine...very sad/tragic things happened #holocaust #berlin" and then eventually deleted it altogether.
Then he followed up with this series of Tweets to apologize, clarify, own the mistake, and apologize again:
Yes, mistakes do happen— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) October 8, 2014
I want to sincerely apologize for the insensitivity of my post!— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) October 8, 2014
I have great respect n understanding for this country's history n wanted to continue chronicling my experience in Berlin— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) October 8, 2014
But showed poor judgement...sorry once again— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) October 8, 2014
This kind of thing isn't all that frequent among the Spurs, but it's not unheard of either. Last year Tony Parker apologized after he was photographed doing the quenelle gesture after a show in Paris, so it's not just the youngsters who mess up.
But when the mistakes are made, they're cleaned up pretty quickly -- and as far as I'm concerned, pretty well.