10/09/2012 04:29 pm ET Updated Oct 09, 2012

Tony Carter, Broncos CB, Apologizes For 'Insensitive And Inappropriate' Aurora Theater Shooting Joke Tweet

On Monday night, Denver Broncos cornerback Tony Carter told a bad joke on Twitter -- a really bad and insensitive joke -- referencing the Aurora theater shooting that left 12 dead and 58 injured. Today, Carter is apologizing for the remark that angered many on Twitter.

According to Fox31, Carter tweeted:

At a late night movie in Denver yall pray for me!

That tweet was deleted shortly after Carter posted it, as well was his initial follow up, which read, "No Disrespect!!!"

Twitter exploded with negative comments directed back at the Bronco, MileHighSports reported:

Fox31's Will C. Holden really put it best:

At its absolute best — and it’s doubtful anyone in the state of Colorado or around the nation will take it that way — it was a terrible joke. At its worst, it was downright terrible.

This morning, Carter took to Twitter again, but this time with a very different tone:

An hour before that, in a possible reference to the joke and the Aurora shootings, Carter tweeted:

To which there was mixed reaction on Twitter, some supporting the sentiments, while others called the cornerback out:

26-year-old Carter is a fourth-year cornerback who was originally signed to the Broncos as a college free agent out of Florida State in 2009.

Carter isn't the first to make a joke in public about the Aurora shootings and then later walk back the statements. Only a week after the shootings took place, stand-up comic Dane Cook told a joke about the shooting that he later apologized for via Twitter. More recently, another comedian, Jeffrey Ross, told a joke referencing suspected Aurora shooter James Holmes and although he did not apologize for the joke, he did say he "crossed a line."

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