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Former Atlanta Braves Star Apologizes For Tweeting Sandy Hook School Shooting Was Hoax

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) -- Former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones is backtracking off a tweet he posted calling the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a hoax.

Jones, who retired in 2012 after playing 19 seasons with the Braves, tweeted Friday that the FBI confirmed that the December 2012 shooting massacre was a hoax.

"So the FBI comes out and confirms that Sandy Hook was a hoax! Where is the outrage? What else are we being lied to about? Waco? JFK? Pfff…," he tweeted.

Jones deleted the tweet and apologized Saturday, calling it "irresponsible" tweeting information he did not check.

"My apologies for my Sandy Hook tweet yest. I had heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching," Jones said on Twitter. "It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended."

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The apology wasn't enough for the daughter of Dawn Hochsprung, the Sandy Hook principal who was killed trying to protect her students from gunman Adam Lanza.

"For more than two years now, my family and the other families of Sandy Hook have been dealing with conspiracy theorists," Cristina Hassinger, 30, told the New York Daily News. "They harass us, saying it was all a hoax. They accuse us of being in on the hoax a lot of the time. So it's really so disappointing to see someone who is supposed to be an American role model come out and promote the Sandy Hook hoax theory."

Hassinger even tweeted back at Jones, telling him to come over for dinner to show him how her four children don't have a grandmother.

"Come for dinner. You can meet my grandmother-less children and I'll show you my mom's clothes riddled with bullet holes," Hassinger posted on Twitter.

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Adam Lanza fatally shot 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. Twenty of those killed were children.

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