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Should Kansas City Chief’s Larry Johnson Be Banned From Twitter?

Submitted by on October 29, 2009 – 8:53 am4 Comments
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Larry Johnson banned from tweeting? Why?

Kansas City Chief star running back, Larry Johnson, landed himself in hot water after he engaged in an e-Beef with a person following him on Twitter. The diatribe, later recorded by the Kansas City Star, got him in some hot water with the social networking site. Jay-Z didn’t have a comment on the matter.

Johnson, who’s no stranger to controversy, used the phrase “Christopher Street Boy” – in degrading one of his Twitter comrades. The slur was the same one used to brush off reporters a day later. Looks like someone learned some new slang!

Jay Smooth already sonned Johnson on his own site, so I’ll refrain from really lending my two cents, but Johnson was recently suspended two games for his outlandish behavior.

There is a growing list of athletes who have their own views on Twitter. Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals) wants to provide his own NFL updates via his page, Shaquille O’Neal (Cleveland Cavaliers) has his humorous witticisms, and folks like Antonio Cromartie — who infamously tweeted about the “nasty” team food — have all made the site known to the most loyal NFL fan.

But are these bans from sports teams warranted? They’re not discussing the playbook, they’re talking about the lifestyle — which I thought was the whole crux to being on Twitter and Facebook. Banning folks from tweeting and fining them money doesn’t seem like the way to stop them from doing it. Hell, they probably carry around all that do-re-mi on their person.

Besides doesn’t this constitute as some sort of violation of a person’s freedom of speech? It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear of a team including a Social Media clause in the contracts of these athletes of the future… and the only person who needed that most recently was Stephon Marbury.

What do YOU think? Should athletes be not allowed to twit or tweet? Can they perform to the best of their ability without their ability to convey their thoughts to the rest of their followers? Speak on it in the comments section!

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