Do you ever just say something and instantly want to put your actual foot in your actual mouth? NBA player Derrick Rose most likely got that feeling after he told some fans to “kill yourselves,” after dealing with some critiques about his gameplay. Naturally, the comment didn’t sit right with fans and followers, so Derrick took to social media on Jan. 7 to explain himself and apologize.

“I messed up by using the slang term ‘kill yourself’ today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs,” the Minnesota Timberwolves player tweeted. “I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.” The apology seems quite diplomatic, so it’s hard to tell exactly how genuine it is. But no matter what, Derrick definitely felt enough heat to right his wrong.

Even some fans and followers were taken aback by the incident and sounded off in the comments on Barstool Sports’ Instagram, which originally posted the clip. “That seems aggressive,” one follower wrote, while another chimed in with, “That escalated QUICKLY.” Another follower even took a stab at the point guard’s team: “Shoulda had that attitude when [you] were on a team that went to the finals.”

“Even coming here,” Derrick originally said at a press conference. “Everybody didn’t know I was gonna play this way. He believed in me, I believed in myself, my family believed in me, and my little guy… believed in me. We got it done. Like I said, to everybody who thinks I’m not gonna play the same way, kill yourself, because I believe in myself.”

We could definitely see how the comment could have been taken in a negative context, so we’re glad Derrick did the right thing and apologized. Sometimes you just need a little backlash in your life to learn from your mistakes, huh?

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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