Matt Harvey Commits Twitter Balk

Most of us are familiar with the weekly social-media exercise known as “Throwback Thursday.” But in the case of sidelined Mets ace Matt Harvey, it was more like “Blowback Tuesday.”

To mark the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery, Harvey earlier today tweeted an October 2013 photo showing him lying in a hospital bed with middle finger raised. The picture quickly disappeared from Twitter as did, soon thereafter, the account from which the photo was tweeted (@MattHarvey33).

Per ESPN New York Mets beat writer Adam Rubin, the recovering pitcher decided – at least for now – to get out of the Twitter game after his middle-finger hospital snap generated some controversy:

The Mets confirmed requesting the deletion of the tweet with the photo because it contained a potentially offensive gesture, but the team added that the decision to delete the account belonged to Harvey.

The New York Post headlined it “The Picture That Finally Got Matt Harvey Off Twitter.” Meanwhile, Deadspin’s Tom Ley opines that the resurrected photo is “silly and harmless.” Harvey may have decided, finally, that Twitter wasn’t worth the reactionary trouble.

P.S. No sign of this topic in the “News Stories” feed portion of Harvey’s official Mets player’s page.

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.