- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 15, 2014

R&B singer Rihanna and NBA player Dwight Howard seemed to regret stepping into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after both tweeted — then deleted — #FreePalestine.

Rihanna deleted her tweet eight minutes after posting it Tuesday morning to her 36.4 million followers.


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A source close to the singer told TMZ that Rihanna was reading about the conflict online when she clicked a link. The next thing she knew, her fans were asking her why she was pro-Palestine.

“She deleted it because it was never meant to be tweeted,” the source said, adding that Rihanna is “pro-peace.”


“The explanation is obviously curious,” TMZ argues. “In order to tweet, someone would either have to type the message or cut and paste it, and then click the ‘Tweet’ button.”

Houston Rockets guard Dwight Howard smiles as he watches the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Houston. The Rockets defeated the Timberwolves 129-106. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)
Houston Rockets guard Dwight Howard smiles as he watches the fourth quarter ... more >

On Saturday, Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard did the same — tweeting and deleting “FreePalestine” to his 5.2 million followers.


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“Previous tweet was a mistake. I have never commented on international politics and never will,” he said shortly after.

“I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous tweet, it was a mistake!” Mr. Howard added.