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Following losses by the Kentucky and Louisville football teams, The Athletic’s Nicole Auerbach posted then deleted a cryptic tweet reading “karma came [quickly] for Kentucky.”
Most of Twitter immediately assumed Auerbach was referring to the indictments in the case of Breonna Taylor, where one officer was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment. The ruling led to city-wide riots, media outrage, and the shooting of two police officers.
Outkick has reached out to The Athletic for comment.
To be clear, we here at Outkick don’t believe Auerbach should be disciplined or forced to apologize for tweeting this bit of lunacy. Auerbach seems to have figured out what she tweeted was stupid. Good for her.
But what would be the consequence had she tweeted something that could be interpreted as support for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and the grand jury? Cameron and the grand jury appropriately ruled it would be virtually impossible to convict police officers of murder given the fact that Taylor’s boyfriend sparked the violent confrontation by shooting a cop with a lawful search warrant.
In that scenario, Auerbach would be forced into an apology amid public backlash. We’ll let you know if we ever hear from The Athletic.
Clearly an admission you screwed up and showed no thought or feeling. If this is what it seemed to be, you owe Brionna Taylor's family a serious apology. If it isn't, why not just elaborate?
Just deleting this to hide from it is pure cowardice. https://t.co/6BbRMMrToO
— jcrandolph (@JCRandolph) September 27, 2020
@NicoleAuerbach Disgusting tweet. First off, who obviously don’t follow or understand the facts of the case. Secondly, UK’s athletes have NOTHING to do with anything related to the situation. Stay woke, though. pic.twitter.com/WnoWVBnBCw
— Tyler Ochs (@TylerCOchs) September 27, 2020
— BradSturgill (@BradSturgill3) September 27, 2020
— Megan ★ Jameson (@megan_jameson) September 27, 2020
— Batman (@Bl33dBLue24) September 27, 2020