Athletes on Twitter = Tweetletes

Athletes on Twitter

By Thalia Bardell, howiGit Contributing Writer, Boston, MA

Twitter. I’ve resisted it for a long time – perhaps because the first time it was described to me was as a constant series of Facebook stati. Good God. I block most people’s Facebook stati because I just don’t care if you’re out at the mall wit the girlz or at band practice ‘till 5 and then getting pizza with the boys and probably hitting the bars after that – please, spare me. Before I sound too pompous I am aware that not many people care when I update my status, which is why Twitter didn’t appeal to me. What do I have to Tweet about – just ate a turkey sandwich! Just got out of the shower! Doing laundry! Everyone reading just got a sneak peek into my sweet life. Boring. However, I acknowledge that social media has become a huge part of our modern lives and that Twitter is something I’ll need to get on board with just like everyone else has – including athletes.

First, Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew takes a jab at Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Twitter. Then, Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck wants to know if Jet cornerback Antonio Cromartie knows what CBA (collective bargaining agreement) stands for. Cromartie then needs to defend his turf by telling Hasselbeck that he’ll “smash his face in.” All on Twitter, all in the public domain. Seriously, what happened to simply calling up your best friend and bitching to them over the phone where no one else can hear? Haven’t any of these guys heard the expression “save the drama for your mamma?” Then my SportsCenter broadcasts would not be crowded with all this he said, she said, they said back, so we said nonsense and I could get my Top Plays in peace.

Lately it’s the Green Bay Packers. You would think that a team that has been well respected all year, a Cinderella story from game one, would want to keep a foolishness-free record going into Super Bowl week. But no, injured linebacker Nick Barnett and tight end Jermichael Finely decide that Twitter would be the appropriate place to complain about not being included in the team Super Bowl photo. This is not the seventh grade, which is what irks me so much about all the comments that these players have been making. If you’re upset about not being in the team photo don’t put a snarky and passive aggressive comment on Twitter, tell your coach that you think that players on the Injury Reserve deserve a place in the picture. This is not hard. As a professional athlete you are supposed to be an adult and moreover you are an adult that is constantly in the public eye. Stop calling each other out over Twitter like fourteen-year-old girls over AIM. Then we can move on to more important things like, oh yeah, playing sports.

I guess the complaint I have with athletes is the same complaint I have with everyone else. If you’re going to use Twitter use it right. Like Shaq, who recently tweeted, “daaaang everyone is tryn to lose weight n look good. u could train wit my people n keep ur new years shaqalution.” Now that’s a Tweet I can get behind.

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16 responses to “Athletes on Twitter = Tweetletes

  1. Alan Weeks

    good article…Shaq rocks

    • Shaq doesn’t even get enough credit for being as awesome as he is. If you are David Stern, Shaq is what you want every player in the league to be like.

      • j-bone

        You mean leaving every team he has ever been on in bad terms? Stealing TV shows? I’m sure Stern loved his rap about Kobe too.

      • Kevin Youkillis

        j-bone you clearly have not ever played the classic video game Shaq-Fu or seen the classic movie Kazaam. Amazing stuff that Shaq has contributed to society

      • j-bone

        Oh I forgot, he is goofy and has a great smile. HE DANCES, no way he can be the a-hole he has been his entire career.

      • Wow, I didn’t know you had a personal vendetta against Shaq. Maybe he’s not good to people like Kobe, but he’s good to the fans which is what matters most.

      • j-bone

        He is not good to owners, coaches, team mates, friends, the japenese, gays, or his wife. But as long as he break dances before all star games and has funny tweets lets give him man of the year.

      • Kevin Youkillis

        J-bone..the biggest a hole in the league is Steph Curry and you know it. He tweets things like “Tough one tonight…we at it again Wed against another playoff team! Sitting here watching family guy about to hop on this Call of Duty”, “Happy New Year to all of my followers. Have a happy, blessed and successful 2011!” and “Philly Cheese Steak for lunch. Mmmmm”

        completely uncalled for stuff right there. must have had some horrible coaching in his life.

      • j-bone

        Stern should suspend him, Tim Duncan, and Steve Nash for being such poor role models when there are guys like Shaq out there showing them how real role models act.

      • Sounds great. Glad we’re on the same page here.

      • j-bone

        It’s no wonder that Stern ran Mutombo and Olajuwon out of the league for being such awful awful human beings. If only everyone could be like good ole Shaq

      • Hakeem the Dreammmmmmmm. Talk about sweet old school players.

  2. Kevin Youkillis

    I dont mind athletes using twitter at all. I don’t have an account so the only ones that i hear about are being reported by the media and most of them, intentionally or not, are hilarious. It gives me some insight into how these guys think (even if they are thinking on a 5th grade level). It’s also fun to see conversations between athletes that you otherwise would have no access too (i.e. kobe giving vick encouraging words and inviting him to miami the day after his playoff loss) and I dont believe it effects the way these guys play when they are on the court or field

    • Well isn’t that a fair, fresh take. I mostly agree, and definitely do in regards to the situation you described with Kobe. That’s pretty cool to see. But so many of these guys tweet constantly, and tweet some of the stupidest stuff you’d ever imagine.

      • Kevin Youkillis

        when i said kobe i meant lebron.. commenting in class isnt good for my intelligence on this thread

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