TSN drew the ire of a prominent Toronto Maple Leafs player during its coverage of the NHL's Trade Deadline Day on Monday.
The broadcaster was rolling tweets that had been posted under the #TradeCentre hashtag when it posted this one on television.
Great reason to keep Lupul pic.twitter.com/OfUUnkLEnt— DontBeSaad20 (@DontBeSaad20) March 2, 2015
Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul wasn't happy about it.
TSN just a poor mans TMZ. Embarrassing.— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) March 2, 2015
UPDATE: March 3 -- Lupul, his teammate Dion Phaneuf, and Phaneuf's wife Elisha Cuthbert have threatened a lawsuit against TSN over a tweet displayed on its broadcast, The National Post reported. They have demanded a formal apology and a "significant amount of damages," lawyer Peter A. Gall said. The user who posted the tweet on the social networking website will be sent a similar letter from the law firm.
And it had the network going into damage control soon after.
Earlier today, an inappropriate and disrespectful tweet was erroneously aired. As soon as it was flagged, we immediately removed it. (1/3)— TSN PR (@TSN_PR) March 2, 2015
We’ve reached out to the Toronto Maple Leafs organization and all those impacted to extend our sincerest apologies for our error. (2/3)— TSN PR (@TSN_PR) March 2, 2015
It should have never, ever gone to air. (3/3)— TSN PR (@TSN_PR) March 2, 2015
This isn't the first time that an objectionable tweet has made it on to TSN.
Yahoo! writer Greg Wyshynski pointed out that last year, the network broadcast a tweet suggesting that German-born Edmonton Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl's nickname should be "The Final Solution."
In a separate story, ex-Oiler Dustin Penner said he pulled out of a spot on TSN's coverage of the trade deadline due to a he made about sexual assault on Twitter. He said he withdrew "because of the position" he put TSN in with his tweet.
Is it always consensual if she's your girlfriend? Asking for my gf...& shortly arriving police— Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) March 1, 2015
I came up with the joke with my gf U idiots freaking out about this.— Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) March 1, 2015
Penner also apologized for the tweets themselves.
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