Rockets fire digital communications manager after controversial tweet

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The Rockets, in the final minutes of their series-ending win over the Mavericks, tweeted:

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The Mavericks replied that the tweet was “not very classy,” and the Rockets apologized.

Today, the fallout continued in Houston.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

the team dismissed Chad Shanks as its digital communications manager.

I wasn’t a fan of the tweet. I found it more groan-worthy than funny.

But that doesn’t mean its author should be fired. Not every mistake warrants that level of punishment.

Of course, there could be more that went into the decision. We know about this one tweet. We know little else about Shanks’ overall job performance.

If his tweets in the aftermath are any indication, though, this lack of decorum was out of character:

Personally, I think ESPN’s Amin Elhassan had the best idea: