The Nike footwear designer who created controversy with his Tweet following Derrick's Rose injury has gone silent on his Twitter account on Monday.
Jason Petrie had been quite active on Twitter in recent days, but he has not posted anything as of midday Monday since issuing an apology for his Tweet over the weekend in which he suggested Rose's knee injury might have resulted from the Adidas shoes he was wearing. LeBron James wears Nike shoes.
"You got one guy only getting stronger, and one guy breaking down before our very eyes. You chose poorly Pooh... #shouldasignedwithNIKE#GWS," he Tweeted on Saturday.
Rose's nickname is Pooh, and he signed a deal in February with Adidas worth about $200 million.
After getting criticized for the Tweet, Petrie reportedly responded on Saturday.
"Just to set the record straight- if you ain't with me you against me, and if that's the case I don't give a F about you!" he Tweeted, according to FoxSports.com.
On Sunday, however, Petrie Tweeted an apology.
"Wow! Twitterverse I do apologize. It was really just tongue n cheek! Never meant any harm or disrespect!"
Nike also released a statement, saying the initial Tweet was ill-advised.
"As a brand that is passionate about sport, we recognize the intense level of play that every athlete has engaged in during this basketball season and respect the dedication it takes to compete," Nike said in the statement Sunday. "One of our basketball footwear designers posted comments online that we feel are inappropriate, and he has since apologized. We wish anyone who is injured a speedy recovery."