This tweet went very wrong for the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs appear to have pulled a U.S. Airways, but it might not even be their fault. On Tuesday, Twitter noticed that an August 2012 tweet from the Cubs’ account included not the photo of famed former player Billy Williams and his grandsons it seemed to reference, but rather a very explicit photo of a naked woman pleasuring herself.

They’ve since deleted the tweet, but here’s an censored version of the unexpanded photo.

A censored version of the Cubs' tweet.

 

While that was up, it was possible to expand the photo and see, uh, a whole lot more. (If you’re really curious, that’s screengrabbed here.) And it took the team over 15 minutes to delete the tweet. But, unlike the U.S. Airways one (which stayed up for an hour), which appears to have come from an image tweeted at the account that someone running it tried to send to a friend and then attached to a response to a customer instead, this may not be the fault of anyone currently involved with the Cubs.

2012 saw a lot of third-party apps used for photo sharing on Twitter, including the likes of Twitpic, and it seems likely that the Cubs used one of those then to share the Williams photo. It seems probable that something then happened to that link, and redirected to this very different image. This doesn’t seem to have been the initial photo, as none of the linked 2012 responses seemed to indicate anything being wrong. (They have, however, now led to those people being barraged with a bunch of jokes.)

So it’s probably a good idea for organizations that used those third-party services way back when to check and make sure their photos are still what was intended. But hey, at least this led to some jokes.

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Andrew Bucholtz is a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. He previously worked at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.