CHARLOTTE, NC (Mark Price/The Charlotte Observer) - The Carolina Panthers "relieved" their general manager Dave Gettleman of his duties Monday, inspiring shock, pleasure and a slew of "Game of Thrones" TV show references on Twitter.
Panthers' fan favorite Steve Smith, who was fired by Gettleman, had the best tweet of all, however:
"Its Okay! Dave I know how you feel....." Smith tweeted, with a photo of himself smiling broadly.
Former Panther DeAngelo Williams had an even more pointed response, calling Gettleman a "snake" and saying the firing meant Williams might again play for the Panthers.
Steve Smith's numerous fans also hoped that Gettleman's firing might bring Smith back to the team even briefly, for his planned retirement from the NFL.
"Please come back to Carolina and retire now that Dave is gone...or even better... un-retire and play again!! Puh-lease!!!!" tweeted Lauren Tomlin.