DALLAS — Dallas police tweeted reports about the arrest of an NFL player early Sunday morning — only to take it back hours later.
Maj. Max Geron, one of the department's public information officers, incorrectly reported the arrest of Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib at the Synn nightclub in downtown Dallas. Only it wasn't Aqib Talib who was in custody — it was his brother, Yaqub.
The incident comes just months after Dallas police Chief David Brown made the controversial decision to have officers be more active on social media.
It all started with a tweet sent out by Geron at 7:53 a.m. Sunday It said Aqib Talib had been arrested in Dallas and escorted out of a downtown nightclub because he was drunk, throwing bottles, and a danger to himself.
Subsequent tweets went on to say that Talib was being held at the Dallas Marshal’s detention Center.
But then — nearly three hours later — Geron tweeted an apology and a correction that it was actually Talib's older brother Yaqub who had been arrested.
The tweet came shortly after Aqib Talib's agent told NBC Sports Pro Talk that Aqib Talib was home asleep and not in police custody.
The agent later told News 8's sister station KUSA in Denver that he had no comment on the arrest report and subsequent retraction.
According to its Facebook page, Synn Nightclub at 1217 Main Street held what it billed as the "Tarell Brown Official NFL Camp After Party" Saturday night, "hosted" by the Oakland Raiders cornerback and other NFL players including Perrish Cox, NaVorro Bowman and Chris Culliver of San Francisco; Carlos Rogers of Oakland; and Donte Whitner of Cleveland.
News 8 contacted the club's management by phone and e-mail, but did not get a reply.
In February, Chief David Brown spearheaded efforts to get his officers more involved in using social media. At the time, both The Dallas Police Association and the Dallas Fraternal Order of Police expressed concerns about whether it was the best use of officer’s time, and worried that officers could get in trouble for reporting too much or incorrect information about crimes.
While Geron's original tweet was only re-tweeted 218 times, several news outlets around the country picked up on the story before the retraction was issued.
The Broncos acquired Aquib Talib as a free agent in the off-season from the New England Patriots, signing him to a six-year, $57 million dollar contract.