Chipper Jones apologizes for Sandy Hook hoax tweet

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Chipper Jones Apologizes For Sandy Hook Hoax Tweet

"So the FBI comes out and confirms that Sandy Hook was a hoax! Where is the outrage? What else are we being lied to about?"

Retired baseball star Chipper Jones tweeted that on Friday and, unsurprisingly, it quickly sparked outrage.

Twenty children and six staff members were killed in 2012 shooting. It was the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history - after the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Cristina Hassinger, daughter of the Sandy Hook school principal who died trying to protect students, sent a chilling reply: "Come for dinner. You can meet my grandmother-less children and I'll show you my mom's clothes riddled with bullet holes."

Another victim's family tweeted, "Not a hoax. Say you're sorry to my bereaved son and broken family. Be a hero, find out ways to help and make it right."

After the instant backlash, Jones deleted the post and apologized, tweeting, "I heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching."

"It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended."

Some Twitter users praised the 42-year-old for owning his mistake, but others weren't quick to forgive and forget.

Hassinger says it only made things worse for families.

"I know that he apologized, but it's not enough. We were met with a brand new onslaught of Sandy Hook hoax harassment. When you're dealing with these people, and they see that blue check mark (a verified Twitter account) that's on their side, it starts all over again... It's unconscionable."

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ATLANTA, GA - MAY 24: Former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones sits in the stands and gets a massage from his fiance, Taylor Higgins, during the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field on May 24, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 8: Former Braves player Chipper Jones participates in a pre-game ceremony honoring many Braves alumni players prior the game against the Washington Nationals at Turner Field on August 8, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin Liles/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 30: Former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones attends the game between the Braves and the Colorado Rockies at Turner Field on July 30, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 28: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves waves to fans during his number retirement ceremony before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field on June 28, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 28: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves waves to fans during his number retirement ceremony before the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Turner Field on June 28, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01: Former Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones hugs Brian McCann #16 of the Atlanta Braves after he threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during Opening Day at Turner Field on April 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01: Former Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the Philadelphia Phillies during Opening Day at Turner Field on April 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 05: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves tips his helmet to the crowd before his final at bat before the Braves lose to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 during the National League Wild Card playoff game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 03: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates after scoring in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on October 3, 2012 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Third baseman Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves signs a ball for a Girl Scout before the game against the New York Mets at Turner Field on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 25: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates with Eric Hinske #20 after the game against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field on September 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves defeated the Marlins to clinch a post season berth. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 19: Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 19, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 29: Chris Denorfia #13 of the San Diego Padres slides into third base ahead of the tag of Chipper Jones #10 of the Atlanta Braves during the eighth inning of a baseball game Petco Park on August 29, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Former Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, left, looks on with Braves General Manager Frank Wren, center, and Braves Chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk, right, as his number is retired during a pregame ceremony before a baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Friday, June 28, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones (10) fields a ball hit by St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina during the inning of the National League wild card playoff baseball game on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, in Atlanta. Molina was out at first. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Former Atlanta Braves player Chipper Jones, left, watches a baseball game against the Washington Nationals with playboy model Lexi Ray, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)
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