Dennis Smith Jr. is still just 19-years old and prone to the same stupid mistakes that we all made as teenagers (especially now that teenagers have unlimited access to social media). The main difference is that Smith Jr. was recently drafted into the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The young point guard instantly became a lot more famous, and his awkward (and borderline offensive) Twitter usage started to receive much more scrutiny from fans and the press.
Some of the tweets were so bad, including one that crudely bragged about Smith Jr’s sexual exploits, that Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had to shut it down. During a recent ESPN appearance during a Summer League game, Cuban mentioned that he almost immediately had Smith Jr. comb through his old tweets and delete all the bad stuff.
“Always aware of what’s going on around you. And you know, one of the first things after we drafted Dennis, and I’m talking to him on the phone, I’m like, ‘Dude, I went through your Twitter account. It’s time to get on there and DELETE.’
“And so, he went through it. And to his credit, they were gone. He had a lot of stupid stuff on there.”
Remember kids, the lesson here is: Never Tweet.