Matt Harvey deletes shout-out to Donald Trump on Instagram (photo)
Matt Harvey’s forays into social media took another turn for the worse after he posted, then deleted a shout-out to Donald Trump that showed the New York Mets pitcher playing a round at the presidential candidate’s new Bronx golf course, Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point.
“Off with some TEAMMATES!” Harvey wrote in the Instagram post, as captured by the New York Daily News prior to its deletion. “Thanks @realdonaldtrump @donaldjtrumpjr @trumpferrypoint for a great day on the new course.”
Joining Harvey on the course were catcher Kevin Plawecki, pitcher Jon Niese and bullpen catcher Eric Langill.
Trump obviously has been at the center of a swirling controversy in light of his inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, prompting attempts by corporate partners and media entities to distance themselves from the firestorm.
Harvey, meanwhile, caught flak earlier this week after posting a photograph on Instagram of himself enjoying the creature comforts of a private jet during the team’s West Coast road trip. He fired back at his critics by posting a photograph of himself seated in the back of a Mets charter flight along with a message dripping with obvious sarcasm.
Harvey’s relationship with both Mets fans and the team’s brass has been tempestuous at best throughout his career. He previously was the target of criticism in 2014 for posting a photograph of himself giving the middle finger from a hospital bed to celebrate the six-month anniversary of his Tommy John surgery.
He later refused to apologize to Mets management for “having a life” in 2014 in light of his high-profile enjoyment of the New York nightlife. Harvey also criticized the media earlier this year for how he it portrays him so negatively.
In the end, Harvey’s dalliances with social media are certainly playing a big role in the bad press he has been receiving of late. It does warrant, however, pointing out that a controversy developing out of someone simply thanking the owner of the golf course — whoever it may be — for a fun day on the links arguably is a bit reactionary.