Former ESPN NBA reporter criticized for hypocritical tweets about George Floyd protests

Veteran NBA reporter Chris Palmer was called out on Twitter for a pair of tweets he sent within the span of a few days.

Palmer was offering his thoughts on the protests across the United States in the wake of George Floyd's death. On Thursday night, Palmer quote-tweeted a photo of a burning building with the caption, "Burn that s— down. Burn it all down." But shortly after midnight on Sunday, Palmer had a change of tone once protesters showed up closer to where he lived.

The apparent hypocrisy was not lost on Twitter.

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The photo of a burning building was, according to the Star Tribune, an affordable housing development under construction. The complex had 189 units and was expected to open later this year.

Palmer did delete the first tweet where he said to "burn that s— down," but his tweets since have defended his stance from the second tweet. When one Twitter user called him out the opposing language in his two tweets, he responded in part, "don't talk to me about what you don't know."

In another response, he willingly admitted that he's free to change his stance.

Palmer, who worked at ESPN for 14 years and Bleacher Report for two years, offered some additional thoughts on the situation. He tweeted, "Tear up your own s—. Don't come to where we live at and tear our neighborhood up. We care about our community. If you don't care about yours I don't give a s—."

UPDATE: Palmer had a direct response to the criticism he faced with a pair of statements.

"A couple of nights ago I [retweeted] a picture of a burning building in [Minnesota]," Palmer tweeted. "I did not know it was low income housing for many. That was my mistake. I do not endorse property destruction of any kind. Real protestors don’t loot. Peaceful protest is the only way. Be safe. God Bless.

"Got hit with rubber bullets, tear gas and rocks. Yet both the left and right are mad at me. You just can't win anymore.

"Obviously, I didn’t choose the right words. It was a crazy weekend. Lots of stress and panic. Tear gas is a mother. I don’t endorse property destruction in any form. I’m not perfect. But I will work at it. Be well. Take care."