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Now-deleted tweet from Nick Emery’s account criticizes BYU basketball coaches; after uproar, Emery later thanks Cougar fans for ‘holding me accountable’

A tweet sent from the former guard’s account sent the Cougar fanbase into an uproar

Brigham Young Cougars guard Nick Emery (4) catches his breath during the game against the Santa Clara Broncos at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
Brigham Young Cougars guard Nick Emery (4) catches his breath during the game against the Santa Clara Broncos at the Marriott Center in Provo on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

PROVO — A response to a basketball recruit from the Twitter account of former BYU guard Nick Emery became the subject of controversy late Friday night.

The reply to a tweet from BYU basketball recruit Mady Sissoko regarding his impending commitment announcement reads: “You would be playing with some of the greatest dudes and have great teammates at BYU, but playing for those coaches would be an absolute disaster. They are not what they portray and are super sketchy and dishonest!”

The tweet was sent from Emery’s Twitter account and has since been deleted. Below is a screen shot.

Sissoko is a 6-foot-9 recruit from Wasatch Academy who is rated a four-star prospect by the 24/7 Sports Network.

Emery, who sat out one full year during the 2017-18 season due to stated personal issues, retired from basketball over the summer. The 6-foot-2 guard was at the center of several penalties handed down by the NCAA, which included the vacating of 47 games over a two-year period.

A multitude of responses came pouring in, although the responses by Emery’s older brother, Jackson Emery, who also played for BYU, was of particular note:

The Deseret News has reached out to the BYU basketball program for comment.

The initial tweet was deleted overnight.

On Saturday morning, Nick Emery sent a tweet reflecting on Friday night’s saga.