Denard Span (formerly with the Minnesota Twins) scores the go ahead run on a Jamey Carroll single to center during the 10th inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Span, who now plays with the Washington Nationals, us under fire over a tweet he sent about Sandy Hook. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Wild conspiracy theories continue to rage surrounding the Sandy Hook massacre, as detractors claim that the tragedy is merely a government creation being used to manipulate the populace. On Wednesday, Washington Nationals' centerfielder Denard Span seemingly entered the fray when he tweeted about YouTube videos that call the medias' account of the event into question. His comment, which was widely seen as giving credence to conspiracy theorists, sparked intense rebuke.
"I was watching some controversial stuff on YouTube about the sandy hooks thing today! It really makes u think and wonder," he wrote.
This comment was instantly met with shocked responses from individuals who find the alternative theories floating around about the 26 individuals who were killed inside of the elementary school (20 of them were children) absurd. The replies ranged from light-hearted to intensely-disappointed (some, though, did seem to agree that the situation seems curious). The full list of responses -- both positive and negative -- can be read here.
"NO, man. Don't go into the conspiracies. They're garbage, cooked up by truly sick people," one Twitter user wrote, with another adding, "C'mon man be smarter than that?"
It didn't take Span long to realize that he had offended some of his fans and followers. About an hour after the first message was sent, he tweeted a follow-up, dismissing his comment as "innocent."
"All I said was that watching the stuff made u wonder and think. That is all," he wrote. "Well so much for an innocent comment. I'm gonna enjoy the rest of my day!"
However, he didn't simply end the conversation there. He sent additional messages, apologizing if he offended anyone and he also said that he isn't in the "business of hurting people." Twitter, Span wrote, is an outlet he uses to "have a good time" and share his life with followers.
What do you think? Was Span's comment innocent -- or is there a reason for frustration on behalf of his fans? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.