Some of Darnell Dockett's earliest tweets made me wonder at what point someone might hold him accountable for what he clearly considered informal conversation.
DockettWe now have our answer.
The Arizona Cardinals surely must be relieved that the turning point apparently came over Dockett's bizarre -- but relatively harmless -- online shower video.
Dockett apologized Tuesday. Darren Urban of azcardinals.com has the quotes from Dockett:
"I learned a lot from it. At first I thought it was a joke. Obviously it was not. I put my team in front of the media for things that weren’t appropriate. It was a learning experience. I’ve never been in trouble, I’ve never been in the news or on gossip sites or things like that. This was a new experience. I apologize to all the kids and the people who look up to me. I apologized to my team and all the players. I walked past every player individually and apologized. It’s behind us. It was a joke that I took out of character and it was wrong. I have to do better things. Even though I didn’t think it was serious at the time, I have to realize other people might not look at it like that.”
I doubt the shower prank would rank among the 10 most offensive Twitter-related offerings from Dockett if broader society took a closer look at some of the things he has said over the weeks and months.
For the most part, however, those tweets sailed through without a great deal of scrutiny.
That might not be the case in the future.