Tweet ThisMay 6, 2011
There are some positive aspects to Twitter. I would be a hypocrite to say otherwise. Sports32 has an account to tweet about upcoming shows and live games and it serves a purpose to let interested people know about what’s on our channel. But don’t look for me to have a personal Twitter account anytime soon. I have as big of an ego as anybody but I really don’t think there’s a thirst out there for people to know what I’m doing every minute. Trust me, it’s not very interesting. “Driving to work”. “”Eating peanut butter sandwiches for lunch.” “Boy I like it when it’s sunny out!” See what I mean?
That brings me to the recent flaps over Twitter comments by Chris Douglas-Roberts and Rashard Mendenhall. Both stirred up controversy with their feelings about the reaction to the bin Laden death.
First of all, when I’m looking for insightful political and social opinions, I usually don’t rely on a backup NBA swingman or a Steelers running back. Maybe that’s just me. I tend to lean toward other news outlets to break down the major stories of the day.
Of course athletes have freedom of speech. But does that mean they should write about every thought that pops into their heads? Just as importantly, nobody forced people to follow their tweets. If you don’t like what they have to say, hit the Unfollow button. It’s amazing how you’ll be less offended by things when you don’t pay any attention to them.
If I worked in the public relations department of any pro sports team, I would be scared to death about what one of my players was going to tweet next. It’s so easy to type in a quick off-hand comment and have it blow up on the player and the team. Mendenhall has already lost an endorsement contract over his tweet. If more incidents happen, teams will need Tweet Veto powers where they have to filter what their players are writing.
I’d like to write more but I need to update my Twitter account. I’ll let you know about my exciting plans to walk the dog.