Snapchat is famous for its disappearing photos, but that doesn't mean that what happens there stays there. Andre Drummond learned that lesson this weekend after being asked to explain a snap he posted Saturday morning in which he was driving nearly 100 miles per hour in his Mercedes-Benz.
Drummond likely never intended for the photo to be widely seen -- given Snapchat's ephemeral nature, the photo can be viewed only once by his followers before disappearing -- but one of his followers took a screenshot and uploaded it to Imgur and then posted about it on Reddit, prompting questions from reporters prior to Saturday's game.
Drummond confessed he was the driver and apologized for the dangerous mistake. "I own up to it," he said, according to David Mayo of MLive.com. "It's a silly mistake. Just got to move forward from it. It won't happen again. That's really it."
Stan Van Gundy, showing more wisdom than his 21-year-old center displayed Saturday morning, admitted to being concerned after hearing about the photo, in part because of the tragic 2000 car accident in which Charlotte Hornets guard Bobby Phills died after an impromptu race with teammate David Wesley following a morning practice.
That incident, famous because it involved NBA players, occurred nearly 15 years ago — but people die in similar car accidents every day for speeding, let alone driving while distracted.
"I know you're young and you think you're indestructible, but for the people who care about you, it's scary as hell," Van Gundy said, according to Mayo. "I don't want to wake up and read about Andre Drummond in an accident. That's the issue to me.
"Him taking a selfie and all that, maybe that's bad too, but the real issue is be safe, we need you around, you're a great person, you mean a lot to a lot of people, don't put yourself in danger."
Driving at that speed is dangerous enough without the additional distraction of opening an app, taking a picture and typing a caption. It's also worth mentioning that given the state's ban on text messaging while driving, it's likely considered illegal, as well.
Drummond maintains a terrific social media presence on a variety of platforms, and his accessibility to fans is a big reason why he's as popular as he is, so I hope the lesson that he takes away from this is simply to be safer, and not merely to share less of himself on social media. Today's generation of NBA players may not remember how shocking it was to hear of Phills' tragic (yet avoidable) death, but I hope common sense prevails and they don't need another reminder.