Which NFL player was most hated on Twitter?
Ben Roethlisberggs rape accusation sparked outrage in a string of NFL players, including Steelers’ running back Le’Veon Bell.
The accusations, first reported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, have fueled a backlash against Roethlisberger, and his family, which has made a point of speaking out against the accusations.
But what really set the Internet ablaze on Thursday was a tweet by Steelers’ defensive end Ryan Shazier.
Shazier posted a photo of himself and a female friend on Twitter and said, “Just had a conversation with my wife.
I’m pretty sure this is all just a big misunderstanding.”
The account, @wendybensweet, quickly responded, saying, “@wendysweet: Just had a chat with my #Wendys tweet.
This is all not the case.
We’re not even dating.
The following day, the account posted a tweet from the Steelers’ front office, saying the team would release the video, and that it would release any “relevant” audio recordings.
After more than a month of silence, Shaziers account was updated to include a photo with a caption that read, “We just found out that @Shaziers wife is also a victim of rape.
We are sorry for any pain this causes.”
In the wake of the account’s posts, the Steelers and the Shazers’ publicist issued a statement, saying they would be releasing “any relevant information that can be released to the public” and that the team “takes these matters very seriously.”
“This is a personal matter that has nothing to do with the Steelers organization and nothing to with the NFL,” the statement read.
“We are proud to be an NFL team.
We take these matters extremely seriously and are working with the legal team to determine what will be the appropriate course of action.”
Bell also tweeted that he and his wife had “talked about the situation and we feel it’s best that we leave this behind.”
“My wife has been in counseling and will continue to be,” he wrote.