There is no sarcasm on the internet. There is only outrage.
Eagles defender Chris Long, an avid social media user who has the most entertaining Twitter account this side of Joel Embiid, decided to mix it up a bit Monday night during two big sports events — Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets, and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals.
Long sent the sarcastic tweet with the intention of mocking people who criticize athletes for being weak or soft. But despite clearly saying it was a "joke" in a subsequent tweet, his message was read as a ridiculous criticism of hockey by a number of reporters and media personalities.
"Oh, Chris. Stick to…..everything else in the world that you're absolutely right about," wrote Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw in a now-deleted tweet. "And ask an Eagles trainer about what it takes to play hockey."
Boston-based MLB reporter Jen Royle was also among those who were fooled.
As was ESPN radio host Mike Salk.
Perhaps duped most of all was the conservative news website The Daily Caller, which called the message "one of the dumbest tweets you'll ever see about hockey." Daily Caller reporter David Hookstead wrote a post tearing down Long's apparent criticism of the toughness of hockey players, noting they "skate around with knives attached to their feet" and that "NHL players are lightyears tougher than their NBA counterparts."
"I'm more than man enough to admit that Philadelphia Eagles star Chris Long successfully trolled me with his hockey tweet," Hookstead wrote in a new story Tuesday night. "If you can't laugh, then what is this all about?"
Long told ESPN that the tweet fooled so many people, he was cringing over the response, especially since he's been duped before online.
"The problem is, I'm going to be like walking through Canada at some point and just get jumped," Long told ESPN's Tim McManus following Tuesday's practice. "And I'm going to be laying on the ground and I'm going to be like, 'It was a joke.' "
In addition to his love of social media, Long has become one of the most widely recognized NFL players protesting racial injustice during the national anthem. On Tuesday, Long made it clear that he wasn't a fan of the league's new national anthem policy, which was adopted by NFL owners last week.