Kings apologize for guest tweet

Updated: May 22, 2013, 3:55 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Los Angeles Kings apologized on their Twitter account for an "inappropriate" tweet sent out during the team's playoff loss to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

The Kings' account, noted in social media circles for its humorous posts, tweeted before the second period of the team's 2-1 loss in Game 4 that Kevin Ryder, co-host of the Kevin & Bean morning show on Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM and a Kings fan, would take over the account during the period. Among Ryder's tweets, signed with his personal Twitter handle, was a comment about a Sharks penalty that included, "[Kings center Anze] Kopitar just got sexually assaulted in front of [Sharks goalie Antti] Niemi."

The tweet was later deleted but not before it had been saved and shared across social media platforms. Deadspin.com also posted the deleted tweet on its site.

After the second period ended, the Kings' Twitter account sent out this message: "We apologize for the tweets that came from a guest of our organization. They were inappropriate and do not reflect the LA Kings."

Ryder also apologized through his Twitter account, saying, "My apology. I made a poor choice in the wording of my tweet. I wish I had used different words. If you were hurt by me, I'm sorry."

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