Blazers' Hickson apologizes for Valentine's Day tweets

Blazers' Hickson apologizes for Valentine's Day tweets

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DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 6: J.J. Hickson #21 of the Portland Trail Blazers goes in for the dunk against Elton Brand #42 of the Dallas Mavericks on February 6, 2013 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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by AP and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on February 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 5:34 PM

PORTLAND – The Portland Trail Blazers tell a sports reporter they are looking into whether or not J.J. Hickson violated any NBA social media rules regarding tweets sent around Valentine’s Day.

Hickson apologized for his Valentine's Day tweets about when to cut off contact with a woman. The Trail Blazers' big man took to the social media site last week to post a series of tweets with the hashtag #girlbye that he meant to be funny one-liners.

But some of the stream drew criticism for being demeaning toward women. He also included a shout-out to strippers. Hickson apologized to those he offended, but insisted the whole thing was a joke.

A spokesman for the Blazers said Wednesday that Hickson's tweets were treated as an internal matter that has been addressed. The team has a Twitter policy which it reviews with the players.

Ben Golliver at The Blazer’s Edge wrote Tuesday that Hickson acknowledged some tweets could have been construed as offensive.

The tweets from the @Hickson21 Twitter account included; "(Shout out) to all the strippers in the world," he wrote. "I know society (give) y'all a bad reputation. It's good tho I don't judge. I definitely respect y'all hustle."

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