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Tony Carter’s late night tweet causes firestorm

Broncos cornerback Tony Carter didn’t make many friends last night with a tweet that offended many, including the mother of one of those killed in July’s mass shooting at Aurora’s Century 16 movie theater.

Late last night on his verified twitter account @tonycarter904, the reserve corner posted a tweet saying, “At a late night movie in Denver yall pray for me !”. The tweet appears to be an obvious reference to July’s Aurora mass shooting, where suspected gunman James Holmes killed 12 people and injured 58 during a late night showing of The Dark Knight Rises. 

Twitter erupted as soon as Carter posted his tweet just after 10:00 on Monday night, with twitter user @astoria922 tweeting, “And Tony Carter officially wins the douchebag of the week award.” Mile High Sports’ Andrew Mason tweeted, “Gracious. Too soon. And when I say ‘too soon,’ I mean by decades.”

Sandy Phillips, the mother of Jessica Redfield, one of the 12 killed in July’s shootings, sent a direct message to Mile High Sports Radio host Peter Burns early on Tuesday morning, saying, “Did you see Tony Carter’s tweet?”

The tweet had been removed from Carter’s account by early Tuesday morning. While unlikely to end in a suspension or fine, Carter’s tweet has likely harmed his reputation in a community still recovering from the shootings. Carter, however, did apologize early Tuesday morning, tweeting, “I am truly sorry for the insensitive and inappropriate comment I made last night. It will never happen again.”

Carter was one of the Broncos’ training camp surprises this year, nudging out veteran corner Drayton Florence for the last cornerback spot on the Broncos’ roster over the summer. The 26-year-old has appeared in all five of the Broncos’ games this year, recording three tackles and one pass defended.

But now, it appears Carter will have to defend his reputation in addition to opposing wide receivers.

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