12/07/2012 08:41 am ET Updated Jan 30, 2013

Tony Burnett, USC Linebacker, Apologizes To City Of El Paso For Insulting Tweets

USC linebacker Tony Burnett issued an apology on Tuesday for a series of insensitive tweets he sent the previous day in which he insulted the city of El Paso, Tex.

After the Trojans were selected to play Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, Burnett lamented having to spend New Year's Eve in El Paso, making statements such as, "If you never seen a real life giant tumbleweed get ready," per His Twitter account has since been protected, though there were a few who noticed and retweeted his tweets.

Needless to say, residents of El Paso were not happy with their town being badmouthed, though some actually agreed with Burnett's assessment.

However, Burnett received support from Dakota Warren, the kicker for the University of Texas at El Paso's football team:

Burnett issued an apology on Twitter before taking his account down Tuesday night. Via the El Paso Times:

"Earlier today I made some tweets I regret. To the city of El Paso and representatives of the Hyundai Sun Bowl, I apologize for my remarks," Burnett tweeted. "My team and I are grateful for the opportunity to play in our first bowl game in three years ... and we are appreciative of all of the hard work that goes into making the game happen. What I tweeted was not representative of my team or my university. I sincerely apologize and hope my apology is taken at its word."