Originally posted on Fox Sports West  |  Last updated 6/8/12
If you've ever walked around the lower concourse of Staples Center, you know which doors not to use if you need some fresh air, so to speak. The ones marked "NO RE-ENTRY". The signs are everywhere. Charlie Sheen chose not to heed the signs en route to a cigarette break, and after being denied re-entry to the Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final series between the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils, had choice words for an arena security guard. "What does common sense dictate?" Sheen asked the guard in what was the most benign response compared to most of his nearly two minutes of reaction to the situation caught by a camera, as reported by TMZ. Speaking of The Situation, New Jersey offered a response to Sheen's comments as the Devils' Twitter feed tried to absorb some of the attention by inviting Sheen to Game 5 Saturday night in Newark. "We'll treat you wcourtesy&common sense @CharlieSheen come to the game tomorrow we have great staff & a smoking balcony," @NHLDevils tweeted Friday, along with an attached image of a pair of Game 5 tickets a cigar, and a "Smoking Permitted" sign. Devils fans shouldn't get their hopes up -- Sheen told USA Today on Friday that "I'm never going to a hockey game again as long as I'm alive." This, of course, comes from the man who once bought 2,615 leftfield seats for an Angels-Tigers game at the then-Anaheim Stadium in 1996, shelling out 6,537.50, as reported by Sports Illustrated, in an effort to not have to "crawl over the paying public" for a homerun. Neither team homered in the game. More importantly, it's interesting that the Devils' Twitter account took the bait and jumped into the fray with a response, while the Kings' Twitter account, which has more than doubled its Twitter followers in the last two months with a sharp, witty social networking strategy, remained silent. Even though the team remains one win away from its first Stanley Cup, Los Angeles' crack Twitter handlers have already won the social networking battle by delivering a pair of tickets to The Office star Rainn Wilson encased in green jello (a tribute to a particular episode of the show), poked fun at Conan O'Brien after he asserted in a Tweet that L.A. wasn't a hockey town with a "Clearly, that joke wasn't meant for prime time" response, and had already asked "Aside from fist pumping, what else is there to do in NJ?" It was the right decision not to engage Sheen. Even those rankled by the Kings' chirpy and envelope-pushing Twitter account understand that there's a social networking line of decency that, while blurry, should not be crossed by drawing in Charlie Sheen, whose antics outside the doors of Staples Center that are unnecessary-of-rehashing shouldn't be aligned with a team facing an opportunity to draw in new legions of hockey fans -- and potential hockey families. "It's about common sense, that's all," as Sheen said Wednesday.
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