UPDATE, 8:20 AM: Tony Carter has taken to Twitter again and issued this apology: “I am truly sorry for the insensitive and inappropriate comment I made last night. It will never happen again.”
DENVER — At its absolute best — and it’s doubtful anyone in the state of Colorado or around the nation will take it that way — it was a terrible joke. At its worst, it was downright terrible.
It all started with a late-night Tweet from a Denver Bronco who rarely sees the playing field.
Broncos backup cornerback Tony Carter was presumably heading to a local movie theater shortly after 9 p.m. Monday when he took to his Twitter account and wrote “At a late night movie in Denver yall pray for me!”
The Tweet was referencing a shooting inside an Aurora movie theater on July 20 at a midnight premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” that left 12 dead and 58 others injured.
Carter’s original Tweet was deleted shortly after it was posted. Carter later Tweeted, “No Disrespect!!!” That latter Tweet has also been deleted.
Carter signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2009 after playing his college football at Florida State. He was waived by the team in 2010 and spent time briefly with the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings before resigning with the Broncos towards the end of the 2011 season.
He has played in all of the Broncos’ five games this season, recording three tackles and defending one pass.