WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Longtime sports columnist Rick Reilly may have some apologizing to do. Then again, he just penned his final ESPN column last week, and plans to retire from sports, so maybe not.
Reilly, commenting seemingly with regard to German golfer Martin Kaymer’s dominant performance through the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, sent out this regrettable tweet Friday afternoon.
Martin Kaymer v 2014 U.S. Open = Germany v 1939 Poland—
Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) June 13, 2014
The internet, deservedly so, responded just how you would expect.
Rick Reilly is the Al Davis of sportswriters. Bound and determined to make us forget that he used to be really good.—
(@SI_DougFarrar) June 13, 2014
.@ReillyRick what was yr favorite part of Germany invading Poland? mine was my grandfathers' brothers and sisters being murdered.—
Torque Penderloin (@AndrewCieslak) June 13, 2014
Rick Reilly comparing a guy playing a great round of golf to the invasion of a country and subsequent genocide http://t.co/tRGmomXoJ3—
Brett Quinn (@BrettQuinnPhD) June 13, 2014
Before moving to ESPN in 2008, Reilly spent much of his career writing for Sport Illustrated — dating back to 1985 — where he became renowned for his “Life of Reilly” column featured on the back page of the magazine from 1997 to 2007.
Reilly has said he plans to move to Italy with his wife and write books.
He may want to rush those travel plans along a little sooner than expected.
The tweet has not been deleted.