Fans make sport of mistakenly tweeted porn link

A Florida sports writer reportedly manages to mix up his links and tweets one to a mundane porn site page, instead of to an exciting post about minor league football.

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It is surely accepted that sports writers are the most talented employees of news organizations.

They work under the most pressure, and their creativity is unbounded.

However, with that pressure comes the possibility of pain.

So I am torn and twisted by the information brought to me through Gizmodo that Vito Stellino, the very ball-sports oriented writer of the Florida Times Union, seems to have got his links in a bind by offering his Twitter followers material of a difficult nature.

No, he didn't start Weining (that's the practice of attempting to attach a personally revealing image to a Twitter direct message, pressing the wrong button, and seeing it go out as a regular public tweet).

Instead, the eager and eagle-eyed attention of blog Awful Announcing offers that Stellino accompanied a very informative tweet about the USFL with a link that led to a 33-minute xHamster video entitled "Hot Blonde F***** Backstage."

This link, which had been abbreviated using a link shortener, reportedly hung front of house for a good 40 minutes before being, presumably, Vito'ed. (I have contacted Stellino and the Times Union's sports editor and will update, should I hear from either or both.)

However, some of Stellino's more than 4,000 followers and others did offer Twitter a reaction or two. Given that Stellino is the Jacksonville Jaguars beat writer, the humor marched to the beat of a particular drumming sound.

One can only hope that -- if this report is accurate -- he doesn't suffer any official strictures from an apparent digital error that so many could have made.

There is no evidence that anyone was hurt in the course of this alleged misbroadcasting of adult entertainment. Which some might feel is a stark contrast with the average football game.

 

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