Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett has discovered the trouble with tweets — once they're out there, they're out there.
On Friday night, Burchett, a veteran user of the Internet social network Twitter, had a few things to say about the University of Tennessee football program.
The mayor was writing about his nephew Charlie High, a senior who plays quarterback on the Christian Academy of Knoxville football team and is a college prospect, when he typed: "I need to get him some tats and a criminal record so UT will be interested."
And, then hit the "tweet" button to send.
Burchett took the tweet down immediately, but not before a number of people re-tweeted it.
"I pulled it down pretty quickly," Burchett said when contacted Saturday. "I was just being funny but everyone went ballistic. I didn't think anyone read that stupid thing. It was probably up for about five minutes."
Related: Tim Burchett on Twitter: http://twitter.com/timburchett