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Former D.C. councilmember Kwame Brown -- who is currently under house arrest and two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to bank fraud -- retracted some tweets sent Thursday morning.
According to the disgraced pol, the critical tweets to local political figures and journalists were written by someone who stole his cell phone.
Without getting too in the weeds, the tweets focused on NBCWashington.com contributor Chuck Thies and comments made on the radio show Thies co-hosts, D.C. Politics. The mystery tweeter also fired a missive at News4's Tom Sherwood.
About an hour and a half after the last tweet, Brown sent a tweet directly to two of the people his account was engaged with earlier, writing: "Pls disregard all tweets.That was NOT me. My phone was stolen this a.m.I respect you both. Phone cut off now."
One thing that lends credence to Brown's defense: One of the tweets was written in the third person.
And another: The tweets were somewhat uncharacteristic. Brown hasn't posted much to Twitter since resigning from the D.C. Council over the summer, and his most recent tweet was just a picture of the Redskins' Robert Griffin III.
(Brown's last somewhat spicy tweet was waaaay back in July, shortly after stepping down from office, when he tweeted a picture that read "KARMA: No need for revenge. Just sit back & wait. Those who hurt you will eventually screw up themselves & if you're lucky, God will let you watch." That tweet has since been deleted.)
We left a message with Brown's lawyer, Fred Cooke, and will update as necessary.