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Ryan Gomes’ wife gets needlessly trolled on Twitter

Kelly Dwyer
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Ryan Gomes, in happier times (Getty Images)

Jerks tend to transcend. It's the jerkiest thing about jerks, is that they can raise the ire of any man or woman, no matter how big or small, and whatever the relative fame and/or fortune of the person the jerk is trying to get at. Like, for instance, the jerks that clearly got to the wife of Los Angeles Clippers forward Ryan Gomes on Thursday.

Gomes, admittedly, has been struggling of late. Take away the time he scored 11 points in a Jan. 20 loss to the Timberwolves (missing two-thirds of his shots in the process), he's managed just six points in his last 100 minutes of action spread out over seven games. That's incredible, and just as unfortunate, and some jerkball Clipper fans (who probably couldn't pick Loy Vaught out of a lineup) decided to go after the guy's wife on Twitter.

She responded, as you'll see after the jump, with some NSFW retorts on her Twitter account:

Danielle Gomes
@Evilla83 @kidclipper There's a reason why my husband is on an NBA team. He can say whatever he wants. He doesn't make or break my man.
11 hours ago

Danielle Gomes
Get your ass off your couch and stop watching BITCH! RT @kidclipper: GET GOMES OFF THE COURT
11 hours ago

Danielle Gomes
@PeteyCribb @kidclipper he'd trade places with RYAN GOMES in a heart beat if he could. And honestly... His opinion DOESN'T matter!
11 hours ago

Danielle Gomes
Thats not support! RT @kidclipper: Butler being out tonight means clippers r gonna have to play Gomes, ughhh
11 hours ago

Danielle Gomes
[Expletive] YOU! RT @kidclipper: Gomes is useless
11 hours ago

Danielle Gomes
BECAUSE he gets paid millions [expletive]! RT @kidclipper: Why is Gomes still in the game
11 hours ago

Danielle Gomes
@Evilla83 @kidclipper shut up, you started it. I wouldn't have seen it. It's one thing to have an opinion it's another to put a player down.
10 hours ago

Ryan Gomes, to his everlasting credit, was more than tactful in his response:

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Via twitter.com/@gotgomes

All in all, another lovely exchange just because someone needlessly gave into trolling.

Here's my issue. While there shouldn't be any relative "knock it off, jerk" procedures based on how famous or how many followers someone has on Twitter, it isn't as if this is LeBron James, or Shaquille O'Neal's ex-wife, or some ESPN anchor you're railing against. This is the wife of a middling forward on the Clippers, recently thrust into a role in a rotation and struggling. Gomes has just a few more thousand followers on me, playing on a team in Los Angeles, and I'm some girl-named chump in Indiana. It's not as if he's a star that wouldn't possibly see your tweets to him amongst his haze of hundreds of thousands of followers.

And then you go after his wife?

It's possible that the wife of someone semi-famous might just have a Twitter account to do what most of you do from day to day. That is, to keep up with friends, follow accounts that entertain and/or inform them, or pay attention to breaking events. It's also possible that, like a lot of us, she prefers Twitter to Facebook.

It's not like you're really taking it to whatever bot handles Gisele Bundchen's account when you tear at Tom Brady during the big game on Sunday. This is Ryan Gomes' wife. You're dealing with a woman who loves and is proud of her husband, someone apparently online to check her horoscope (OK, you can go off on that), and doesn't need her "@" replies filled up with jerkspeak.

Not that anyone, starting with @Shaq on down, does.

Danielle Gomes? Stop responding to trolls. Trolls? Stop being jerks. Those Clipper trolls? Shouldn't you be (trolling hard, now) Laker fans instead?

(HT: ClutchFans.net)

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