DALLAS – Recently acquired Dallas Stars hockey forward Tyler Seguin says an anti-gay comment that showed up on his Twitter account came from “hackers.”
On Saturday, Seguin, who posts under @tylerseguin92, tweeted, “Only steers and queers in Texas, and I’m not a cow.”
The tweet, which actually implied that Sequin himself is gay, was quickly deleted and followed with, “Twitter hacking has got to stop. My apologies.”
The Stars, who recently acquired the 21-year-old forward from the Boston Bruins, said in a statement Sunday that they had “addressed the issue directly” with Seguin.
“In no way, shape or form does the Dallas Stars organization condone or agree with the message that was sent out through Tyler Seguin’s Twitter feed last night. We’ve addressed the issue directly with Tyler and we’ll continue to work on educating our players regarding the importance of their conduct on all forms of social media.”
Seguin said he was temporarily shutting down his account because of “repeated attempts by ‘hackers’ to try to damage my reputation.”
This is not the first time Seguin has come under fire for a homophobic remark posted on Twitter.
On April 22, shortly after the NHL signed on as an official partner of the “You Can Play” project, a social activism campaign dedicated to eliminating of homophobia in sports, Seguin tweeted about a rap song by Boston artist Slaine, called “Nothin’ But Business.”
In that tweet, long-since deleted, Seguin said, “Just listened to the song in my bed. Gave me goosebumps no homo. My roommate and boy have some skills @freddybender @KnucklesNBS.”
Seguin quickly posted an apology, saying, “You know when your half asleep and say or write something without thinking twice or realizing what you said. Apologies on last tweet. Gnight.”