'SportsCenter' Deletes Tweet Calling Fidel Castro 'Savior and Scourge'
— Accuracy In Media (@AccuracyInMedia) March 21, 2016
In advance of Tuesday's baseball game between the Cuban National Team and the Tampa Bay Rays, ESPN's "SportsCenter" Twitter account promoted a video about former Cuban President Fidel Castro and his love of sports.
“Savior and scourge, Fidel Castro was many things to many people,” "SportsCenter" tweeted to more than 25 million followers on Sunday. “One thing all can agree on: He loved his sports.”
After many social media users expressed outrage at the praise for the former dictator, the tweet was quickly deleted.
.@SportsCenter This is a remarkably ignorant tweet. Just wow.
— Andrew Callahan (@ACallahan_LDN) March 20, 2016
@SportsCenter SAVIOR!!!??????? Are you kidding Me!!!!!!!! PLEASE DELETE AND APOLOGIZE.....you really have outdone yourself
— gisela valdes (@gival612) March 20, 2016
I’ll take ‘Stupid Tweets’ for $1000, Alex. https://t.co/9wR0crp0Ku
— Victor Rojas (@VictorRojas) March 20, 2016
@SportsCenter "Harsh Communist Dictator...But, he loved his sports! What a guy! Give him an ESPY for courage!" - ESPN
— Bonda (@BenOndaTop) March 20, 2016
So did many of the dissidents he had murdered, SportsCenter. https://t.co/pf24wgNVfx
— Logan Dobson (@LoganDobson) March 20, 2016
— John Johnson (@jjohnsonnm) March 20, 2016
Then why did so many Cuban athletes risk their lives to defect to freedom? Love of sports persecution for athletes? https://t.co/8DcLCJ80cD
— Glenn Ordway (@GlennDOrdway) March 20, 2016
Dumbest tweet of the day or of all time? https://t.co/RonXSGNhNv
— Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) March 20, 2016
— Eddie (@eddiecarl4468) March 21, 2016
— C W (@seedubayou) March 21, 2016
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 20, 2016
Earlier tweet excerpted from our Cuba piece lacked clarity outside the context of larger feature. Deleted it without explanation - our bad.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2016
Cuba and Castro have been in headlines recently not only because of Tuesday's Cuba-Rays game, which is Major League Baseball's first trip to the country since 1999, but also because of President Obama's three-day visit.
GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have publicly criticized Obama's trip to the Communist country, the first by a sitting U.S. president in nearly nine decades.
What do you think about the controversial "SportsCenter" tweet? Let us know in the comments.