Here’s the thing. You should never post anything to social media that could get you in trouble. It doesn’t matter if you delete them immediately. They likely appeared in someone’s stream and you’re probably going to be reported to the cops.
Such is the case for Robert Metzinger, 30, from St. Louis. As his Cardinals were preparing to lose the World Series to the Boston Red Sox, Metzinger made references to the Boston Marathon Bombing and insinuated jokingly that the same thing may happen during game 6 of the World Series in Boston.
It wasn’t random people who reported him. In this case, it was his former employers who saw the Tweets and rang the alarm bell.
He was released on $11,000 bond, ordered to undergo a mental evaluation, and charged with a misdemeanor.
St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson released this statement:
“Our Department worked diligently to ensure that Cardinals fans and visitors had a safe and enjoyable Word Series experience in our city. When we learned of the threats on social media, we took immediate action to take the suspect into custody. At no time during our investigation were fans and visitors in the region at risk of harm. While we are always cautious about the safety of citizens and visitors, our attention was heightened in this incident due to the World Series. Because of the hard work and dedication of our officers Cardinals fans and visitors were able to safely enjoy the three-game series in St. Louis.”
It doesn’t matter how big of a fan you are. The circumstances are irrelevant. There’s nothing funny about making light of a tragedy and to threaten to repeat the event is going to get you in trouble.