The Houston Rockets have dealt with what is known as “a bunch of L’s” so far in 2019. If it wasn’t the injuries that plagued the team for a large portion of the season, it was the Scott Foster game, or getting eliminated from the postseason by the Warriors for the fourth time in five years. Now, the Rockets’ Twitter account has been suspended. As it stands now, the Facebook and Instagram accounts of the team remain active.
The suspension is related to Twitter’s rules about copyrighted music. Twitter typically suspends accounts for such reasons as spamming, being hacked, or engaging in “abusive behavior” — but copyright infringements are also considered a violation of Twitter’s terms of service.
The suspension takes place on the 24th anniversary of the “Kiss of Death” three-point shot by Mario Elie that propelled the Rockets past the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 of the 1995 Western Semifinals.
As of 4:30 p.m. CST, the Rockets are not the only major sports team to have an account suspended. Below is a short list for other teams whose accounts are currently suspended.
- Auburn Football
- Rutgers Football
- Iowa State Football
- Iowa Football
- Iowa Gymnastics
Suspensions are usually temporary, pending the offending party and Twitter reaching a resolution.
Twitter controversies in sports have happened before. The University of Texas football account was suspended last year before signing day. Back in 2015, the Rockets fired their social media manager for a tweet displaying a gun emoji pointed at a horse emoji as the Rockets eliminated the Dallas Mavericks from the playoffs.