Rockies' first-round pick regrets 2012 tweet calling for Obama assassination

Rockies' first-round pick regrets 2012 tweet calling for Obama assassination

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Was it a character flaw or just high school immaturity?

Either way, University of Mississippi pitcher Ryan Rolison addressed the issue of his controversial tweet from 2012 when he was introduced to the media as the Colorado Rockies’ first-round draft pick.

The night Barack Obama won re-election as president, Rolison sent out a 13-word message — one that has since been deleted: “Well we have one hope left …if someone shoots him during his speech”

He was 15 at the time.

“It was a stupid tweet,” Rolison, now 20, said on Tuesday’s conference call with Rockies GM Jeff Bridich. “I had no idea what I was talking about. It was immature of me to post something like that.”

The Rockies were aware of the incident when they selected Rolison with the 22nd overall pick. 

“It was a long time ago, and he didn’t really know what he was talking about, it was regrettable,” Bridich said. “If there was some sort of pattern of behavior, then we’d be talking about a whole different sort of topic, but in this world we live in, in this Twitterverse and Twitter world, and all this social media, these sorts of things are going to happen.”

It’s a little easier to give someone the benefit of the doubt when he’s one of the best college pitchers in the country.

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Rolison, a sophomore, went 10-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 97 1/3 innings for the Rebels. His 120 strikeouts this season were the sixth-most in school history.

He was the first Ole Miss player taken in the first round since Drew Pomeranz went fifth overall to the Cleveland Indians in 2010.

“We know Ryan’s a good person, and we’ve had many conversations,” Bridich said. “We’ve had our people get to know him. It’s an opportunity to learn a lesson and move on to baseball, and I appreciate Ryan being up front about it.” 

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Rockies draft pick deletes tweet wishing someone would shoot Obama

Rockies draft pick deletes tweet wishing someone would shoot Obama

The Colorado Rockies selected Ole Miss sophomore Ryan Rolison with the 22nd pick of the 2018 MLB draft on Monday, and he’s already come under scrutiny for a tweet he posted about President Obama on election night in 2012. In the now-deleted tweet, Rolison reacted to Mr. Obama’s re-election: “Well we have one hope left… if someone shoots him during his speech.”

Rolison would have been 15 years old when he sent the tweet. 

Shortly after the Rockies announced the pick Monday, Twitter users criticized Rolison for the tweet. He has since deleted the tweet but has not responded to the controversy on Twitter.

The Rockies did not immediately respond to CBS News’ requests for comment.

This is the latest incident of an athlete’s past tweets coming back to haunt them. Earlier this year, former Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen was criticized for posting tweets containing racial slurs in 2012 and 2013. He issued an apology several days prior to the NFL Draft and was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the No. 7 overall pick.

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