The Houston Rockets have parted ways with digital communications manager Chad Shanks in the wake of a tweet he sent from the team's account depicting a gun pointed toward a horse that resembled the Mavericks' mascot.
The Rockets posted an emoji image on their Twitter account during the game of a pistol next to a horse with the suggestion that Dallas’ run in the playoffs was coming to an end.
Houston beat Dallas 103-94, ending the series in five games and advancing to the Western Conference Semifinals.
Shanks tweeted an apology on Wednesday and asked for a second chance as a social media employee at another organization, according to Fieldhouse Media.
After the Mavericks responded to the tweet, the Rockets apologized and deleted the original tweet, which was left posted for about 30 minutes.
- Scooby Axson