NFL ballers could use a little Twitter tutelage

Street Talk NFL ballers could use a little Twitter tutelage

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For some time, there has been a quote floating around the Internet regarding the Information Age in which we all live.  It goes something like this…

The stone age was marked by man’s clever use of crude tools; the information age, to date, has been marked by man’s crude use of clever tools.”

With that one line, you have the professional athlete and Twitter.

My interest in Twitter started with Larry Johnson.  Then a running back for the Kansas Chiefs, he managed to get himself scalped of $60,000 for getting into a keyboard-commando battle with a fan, calling him a “fag”. 

Never one to learn from his own mistakes, Johnson then proceeded to out his coaching staff for stuff that should have never left the training room, proclaiming that his father would do a better job at coaching. 

Maybe true, but some things you simply do not say. 

Publicly, anyway.

That piqued my interest in Twitter and now I keep close tabs on these guys. To date, my Twitter account has been stocked with every pro athlete I can find – Michael Oher, Le’Ron McClain, Chad OchoCinco, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Larry Johnson, Willis McGahee, Natalie Gulbis, Shane Carwin, Andy Roddick, Ray Rice – are but a few examples.

Each of the above has thousands of followers to their Twitter page.  Their obvious lack of grammatical talent aside, what remains so bizarre is the content that some of these athletes are STILL posting to their page. 

And do not think for a second that Ravens’ players have not said some downright idiotic things (thankfully, most of what I have seen – and saved – has been removed from the players page, having been missed by much of the media).  Yes, it seems the Twitter bug – for better or worse – has bitten the hometown team, too.

Everything from calling out coaches, to what hotty they are going to hook up with to obvious marijuana references, these athletes are simply not learning from past mistakes.

Look, I am no prude.  I have done my fair share of things that some would find questionable.  The difference between me and these players are: (1) my W2 is significantly smaller than theirs; and (2) I keep my mouth shut when I do things some might not agree with! 

I learned a lesson way back when that it’s much better to keep quiet and appear stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Not all are bad, however.  This recent post from the Vikings DE, Jared Allen just might be my all-time favorite:

“The mullet was trimmed for the wedding but the Moolay is more than just some hair, it’s a lifestyle! You gotta keep a positive Mullitude…"

Funny for sure, but in this age where Tweets are fast approaching the level equal to the Sportscenter sound bite, our boys in purple would be well advised to simply put the keyboard away.


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Jay Becraft

About Jay Becraft

Born and raised in Maryland, Jay is never short of an opinion.  Often taking the contrarian’s point of view, his lust for debate and sports are a natural fit.  It did not take much for Jay to become a Ravens fan.  Living in a house where the Colts were the end all, be all of football, he did what any kid would do in that same situation and became a .... Redskins' fans.  Ok, so a little healthy rebellion is good for a family but in time, Jay would see the light and now has a fond appreciation for everything that is Baltimore sports. Things changed in 1996 and Jay has not looked back since.  Although displaced and living in Houston, Jay is still a loud and proud season ticket holder who travels back to Baltimore for games.  Anytime of the year, he can be seen wondering (or stumbling) the streets of his beloved Fells Point. Besides being a Ravens blowhard, Jay loves to cook, golf, run and pal around with Izzy, his new live-in Labrador Retriever. Spelling and grammatical errors are courtesy of the Howard County Public School System.  More from Jay Becraft


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