Posted by: therea1long | January 28, 2011

Twitter Getting Athletes in Trouble

These days’ social media allows athletes to connect closer to their fans by sharing their personal lives. Fans love it because they feel closer to their favorite athletes and athletes like it because it makes them feel more important than they really are. Everyone is human and sometimes says things that they wish they could take back. On Twitter it is not that easy to just erase what one just tweeted because once it goes viral, it is fair game for anyone to read. Going viral with inappropriate comments is exactly what gets athletes into trouble. Here is a top 10 list of the dumbest athlete twitters posts ever. I am sure that this list will get bigger over the year because, quite frankly, not everyone is born with the brains to think about the repercussions of the words or “tweets” that come out of them.

1. Jaz Reynolds Oklahoma receiver insensitive tweets about University of Texas library shooting.

“Hey everyone in Austin, tx…….kill yourself #evillaugh.”

“Everyone in austin, tx disregard that last tweet….y’all will mess around n do it lmao.”

2. Larry Johnson KC Chiefs gay slurs.

“think bout a clever diss then that wit ur *** pic. Christopher street boy. Is what us east coast cats call u.”

3. Courtney Fortson University of Arkansas basketball player tweets practice is like rape, when other team members had just recently been accused of rape.

“Im gettin it at workouts like a dude who doesnt understand the word no from a drunk girl lol.”

4. Steve Johnson Buffalo Bills wide receiver blames God for game winning dropped pass.


5. Brian Ching Houston Dynamo Soccer player insults ref after game.

“Ref in seattle just cheated the dynamo. What a joke. Not even close. Ref is a cheat.”

6. Chad Ochocinco preseason complaint

“Man Im sick of getting hit like that, its the dam preseason s**t! 1day I’m gone jump up and start throwing hay makers, #Tylenolplease.”

7. Gilbert Arenas Washington Wizards guard tweets about new John Wayne amidst being in trouble for gun possession in locker room.

“i wake up this morning and see i was the new JOHN WAYNE..lmao media is too funny.”

8. San Diego Charger’s Antonio Cromartie’s Food Tweet

“Man we have 2 have the most nasty food of any team.  Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years
the same ish maybe that’s y we can’t we the SB we need.”

9. Marlon Williams of Texas Tech Tweeting about his coach being late.

“Wondering why I’m still in this meeting room when the head coach can’t even be on time to his on meeting.”

10.  Charlie Villanueva’s halftime tweet. NBA players are not allowed to tweet during games.

“In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We’re playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up.”


  1. I love number ten, Charlie Villanueva’s halftime tweet. It is a great example of how social media and new technology can get you in trouble by leaving your “digital footprint,” or “digital trail.” Once he sent this out there was no way he could take it back, yet he had just produced direct evidence to be used against him. Since David Stern does not permit NBA players to tweet at all during games, he was deliberately breaking an NBA rule. Villanueva could not defend himself when thousands of fans all over the world had already seen the tweet and retweeted it.

    Although twitter is a little different than an email, I believe it carries the same basic principle: If in doubt, sleep on it, read it the next day, and then decide if you still want to send it. Often, you will decide either not to send it at all or to drastically change the content. Due to the rapid, impersonal nature of the digital age, dealing with problems and anger digtially can seem like a good way to let steam off and get on with your day. However, often messages are misinterpeted or read the wrong way and the issue magnifies. The bottom line is that writing/typing is different than speaking since there is always a “digital trail.” So, think twice next time you start typing a questionable tweet or hostile email, as it could come back to bite you.

    • Remember Wes… read it the next day as though you were the RECEIVER! Sheds a whole new light on it!!

  2. As funny as some of these tweets are, I can’t help but express how unprofessional it is that athletes use twitter for this. As professional athletes, they have a reputation to uphold, and when that reputation is tainted by absurd twitter posts, it completely removes the good from what twitter can bring. What makes this even more absurd is the fact that sport media outlets will cover these tweets as if it was real news. It makes me real sad that today we are subjected to listening to athletes bash other athletes or whatever they decided to tweet about and have to call it news. What is happening to the sports world? It seems like its turning into professional wrestling.

  3. Yea it is definitely getting to the point in the sports media world where twitter is ruling all, and I feel like it is just empowering more athletes to say whatever they want. Another good example is the exchange between Matt Hasselbeck and Antonio Cromartie.

    I felt like this was pretty extreme, and it seems as if tweets like this are becoming more common. Zbrown makes a good point, many of us looked up to athletes when we were younger, and seeing them act so unprofessional really makes you think twice about some of these guys. A plus though, more athletes being stupid on twitter means more teams hiring a social media manager to prevent incidents like these.

  4. After reading each point made, a recent example of an athlete using twitter came to mind.A fan of Tiger’s tweeted at him, “if you tweet back I’ll be front row at the US open in a full tuxedo” and as a professional, Tiger re-tweeted the fan “take I-5”. I think this is a very classy way for an athlete to use twitter. The fan ended up going to the Open and was even featured on ESPN. Of course some athletes misuse twitter but fan engagement is a very smart marketing technique. Also, by doing this, Tiger is slowly inching his way back in to the positive public eye.

  5. Sscheide, I think the example you made about Tiger is a great example of how athletes can properly use Twitter to enhance their image. In a recent blog, I highlighted the key components that should exist within an athletes social media usage, and how this can create endless opportunties for them to grow as an endorser. If interested in reading more check it out here:

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