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The Denver have been caught up in a Twitter controversy with the Dallas Police after a mistaken identity.

Early Sunday morning in Dallas and the story circulated social media that the Denver Broncos newly acquired Cornerback Aqib Talib had been arrested for public intoxication.

Tweeted by Dallas PD Maj. Max Geron, everyone was curious about the former New England Patriots pro-bowler's brush with the law.

Geron - whose Twitter bio reads 'Major in charge of the Media Relations Unit, Community Affairs and Planning Unit of the Dallas Police Department' has since deleted the tweets that sparked the controversy.

Firstly tweeting: "@dallaspd arrest Denver Bronco Aqib Talib for public intox after he was throwing bottles causing a disturbance. Talib was danger to self"

After running out of characters in his first tweet, he followed it up with " ...and others. Talib was intoxicated in a club causing a disturbance."

In an attempt to add further details to the story, Geron also tweeted " #BREAKING Talib was arrested at about 1:45 this morning after being escorted out of Club Syn in 1200 block of Main St. #NFL"

Then said "#BREAKING Talib was taken to the Dallas Marshall's detention center where public intox prisoners are held and processed. #nfl"

A well reported story - if not for the fact that Talib's agent claimed the NFL player was still at home and that it was in fact Talib's brother Yaqub who had been arrested.

The Broncos kick back

Patrick Smyth, the Broncos Executive Director of Media Relations simply tweeted twice to completely destroy the story and the Denver Police Department.

His first tweet simply claimed he had spoken with Talib who was at home and was not involved in any legal matter.

then his second tweet which stated simply "With social media, accuracy often gets sacrificed for timeliness!!"

So the Broncos executive clearly unhappy with the social media actions of the Denver Police representative.

He raises a very good point that in a world where thoughts and 'facts' can be shared in minutes, accuracy can sometimes become diluted.

This isn't the first story that originated from Twitter this off-season that has landed some NFL personalities in some hot water and it certainly won't be the last.

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