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Fox Affiliate Reporter Drunkenly Threatens To '---' Man's Cat After Regional Emmy Awards, Apologizes

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A cat gives the camera a disturbed look in this Getty stock photo. Tom Lyden, a reporter at a Fox affiliate in Minneapolis, drunkenly tweeted a lewd threat about a man's cat this weekend. He has since apologized. | Getty

Drunken stupidity happens. That doesn't mean it needs to be tweeted. Indeed, the tweeting of it often lands you in the most trouble.

Case in point: Tom Lyden, a reporter with Fox affiliate KMSP-TV in Minneapolis, Minn., who is undoubtedly regretting this tweet after a night out celebrating the Upper Midwest Emmys this past weekend:

Raw Story concludes Lyden's cat threat was sexual in nature, though to be fair, the blanked-out section could mean a wide variety of things. Perhaps he only wanted to "pet" the cat, or feed it?

Earlier in the evening, the reporter's prior tweets began innocently enough, reports Minneapolis City Pages, with a "saucy" reference to (and photo of) a fellow attendee's "delicious legs."

Several hours later, the trio made another appearance on twitter, this time "drowning sorrows" after the awards. Lyden was nominated for 7 Emmys and apparently won one as a member of a news team.

After that tweet, the posts become decidedly more ... lubricated. A hastily written invitation implores someone, "u need to join us at the Saloon now!!!!!!!!?!!" The last tweet of the night is the aforementioned feline reference, above.

The next morning, as reality undoubtedly hit him like a 2x4, Lyden signed back onto Twitter with an acknowledgment and a link to an apology, explaining, "During a night of celebration I sent out a Tweet that was intended to be a little crazy and edgy. It was actually just weird and in poor taste." (Read the full apology here).

But he couldn't resist sneaking in another cat reference, this time presumably about his own cat:

As of Monday evening, Lyden's more colorful tweets were still live on his twitter feed.

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