Elon Musk deletes tweet attacking Tesla cofounder Martin Eberhard

Chris Weeks/WireImageMartin Eberhard, left, and Elon Musk in 2006.

Elon Musk and Martin EberhardChris Weeks/WireImageMartin Eberhard, left, and Elon Musk in 2006.

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk had harsh criticism for the ousted Tesla cofounder Martin Eberhard over the weekend.
  • In a now deleted tweet, Musk said, “Tesla is alive in spite of Eberhard, but he seeks credit constantly & fools give it him.”
  • The billionaire also tweeted that he had deleted his Twitter account (which was not the case as of Monday morning) and received criticism for comments about the necessity of crediting artists for their work.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had an interesting weekend on Twitter.

His strange few days on the social network culminated in a name change to “Daddy DotCom” and a tweet that he had just “deleted” his account (which as of Monday morning was not the case), but not before he took the time to lash out at the company’s cofounder Martin Eberhard.

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“Tesla is alive in spite of Eberhard, but he seeks credit constantly & fools give it him,” Musk said around 11 p.m. Saturday night in response to an anonymous user who said Eberhard was responsible for all of Tesla’s success.

Eberhard, now the chief technology officer and chairman of an electric-vehicle-battery startup called Tiveni, was fired from Tesla in 2007. Two years later, Eberhard filed a defamation lawsuit against Musk, which was eventually dropped. At the time, Tesla accused Eberhard of being a poor CEO who “left the company’s finances in shambles.”

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Business Insider reported at the time that Eberhard’s contract included a non-disparagement clause, though it’s not clear if the agreement was reciprocal.

Business Insider reached out to Eberhard for comment. Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.

Musk’s flurry of weekend tweeting also included comments about crediting artists for their work, which was met with much criticism.

“No one should be credited with anything ever,” he said in a now deleted tweet after being asked to credit an artist whose work he shared to his 27 million followers.

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