Pettine's daughter 'learned lesson'

Updated: January 24, 2014, 12:21 AM ET
By Pat McManamon | ESPN.com

BEREA, Ohio -- Mike Pettine was expecting it, so he didn't balk when the last question asked at his first news conference as Cleveland Browns head coach was about his 19-year-old daughter's unfortunate post on Twitter following his first interview.

As Pettine talked, it became clear how social media and the Internet can make life difficult.

After tweeting excitedly on Jan. 16 that her father would be going back for a second interview with the Browns, Megan Pettine added: "Its the browns.. But hey, still pretty cool!"

The tweet was later deleted, and the account deactivated.

Still, it didn't help the Browns' already battered image.

Pettine said when the tweet went viral and was picked up by websites that follows the NFL, Megan called her father in tears.

"She was mortified," Pettine said. "Called me hysterically crying one day after it happened."

Pettine said a very long father-daughter chat followed.

"She learned a very valuable lesson in the power of social media," he said.

Pettine added that Megan's formative years were spent in Baltimore "where she was trained to not be a Browns fan."

"So I hope that we can give her a little leniency that way," he said.

As he spoke, it was evident how difficult the experience was for father and daughter, and how close they are.

"She sent me a text this morning," Pettine said on the day of his hiring, "that I think would have made most fathers cry."

Pat McManamon

ESPN Cleveland Browns reporter

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