Arizona Coyotes star Clayton Keller’s father says his Twitter account was hacked following a series of tweets criticizing the NHL team.
The Coyotes tweeted a statement Wednesday that they were «disappointed» after Tempe voters rejected an arena deal in the city.
Tweets from Bryan Keller’s account, which have since been deleted, tore the organization apart in the responses.
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«Keller will not be there at the start of the season and will hope others follow him or not sign,» one tweet read. «The team will move, there are no other options and Phoenix will regret losing a professional sports team. City watered down from a perception standpoint. Private funding too.»
«The solution was there from the start to keep that beautiful dirt fill!! LOL. Compare that to the public $$$$ to the Oakland A’s asking taxpayers – $$$$,» read another.
With Tempe voters rejecting the deal, talk of the Coyotes’ move has gained steam.
But Bryan Keller says he didn’t write or send those tweets.
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«On Wednesday morning, while I was out of town on business, I was informed by several friends that apparently a couple of Twitter messages were sent from my personal account regarding the vote on the proposed arena in Tempe and the future of my son, Clayton Keller in AZ,» he said. he told a NHL network correspondent.
«I am writing to inform anyone reading those messages that my Twitter account was hacked and the messages were sent by the hacker. I want to make it clear that I did not authorize these messages and they do not reflect my personal views or opinions.
«This matter has been reported and my account is now secure. Everyone who knows me knows that my views are my own and my own! These were not my comments or views on the matter. I want to apologize for any confusion this may have caused tosomeone. «
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The Coyotes played at Tempe’s Mullett Arena, a 5,000-seat facility, on the Arizona State University campus last season after playing at what is now Desert Diamond Arena for the previous 20 seasons. The team will remain at ASU’s arena for the 2023-24 season.