Be careful what you tweet because it may come back to haunt you. On Wednesday, former San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde was reportedly expected to sign a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns worth “more than $15 million,” according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Shortly after the deal was reported, a 2011 tweet from Hyde started making the rounds. “Cleveland sports are horrible lol,” Hyde previously wrote.
In many cases, an unearthed tweet like this one could potentially lead to a rough start for a player with his new team, but Hyde may be able to juke his way out of that problem. Hyde is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and played for the Ohio State Buckeyes. His allegiance to his hometown of Cincinnati could have contributed to his sharp criticism of their rival “Cleveland sports.”
It will also be difficult to find a Browns fan who will let this old tweet from Hyde distract them from the fact that the organization has had a nice offseason. With an above average quarterback—which is saying a lot for this franchise—in Tyrod Taylor under center, a nice wide receiving tandem in Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry, and now Hyde, the Browns seem, dare we say, legit.
This little tweet can become water under the bridge if Hyde can help the Browns get to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.