While most of us are able to quietly delete embarrassing remnants of our social-media past, that luxury is not afforded to public figures.
Dennis Smith Jr. was the latest example of this phenomenon when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the ninth pick in the NBA Draft in June. Soon after his selection, some old tweets with questionable content were found by fans and quickly circulated, before being deleted from Smith’s account.
As it turns out, the deletion of the tweet came at the behest of Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
At a Mavericks Summer League game on Sunday, Cuban sat down with the commentary team and shared an anecdote of one of his first conversations with the newest member of his team.
“You know, one of the first things after we drafted Dennis, and I’m talking to him on the phone, I’m like, ‘Dude, I went through your Twitter account,” Cuban said, via The Comeback. “It’s time to get on there and DELETE. And so, he went through it. And to his credit, they were gone. He had a lot of stupid stuff on there.”
Cuban is someone that takes the history of your social media seriously — outside of owning the Mavs, one of his many business ventures is Xpire, an app that helps users to set up expiration dates for future tweets as well as search through old tweets quickly, making it easier to find and erase any posts that may be problematic to the users current place in life.
You can watch video of Cuban sharing the story below, and follow Dennis Smith Jr.’s now prim and proper Twitter feed here.