Tweet Downs: The Dumb Things Athletes Say On Twitter
Twitter is a great tool for any type of entertainer. Aside from the fact that it allows musicians, actors and athletes the opportunity to interact with their fans, it also gives them the chance to have their own voice and present themselves to world the way they want to do it—rather than leaving it up to the media.
That said, Twitter is also a terrible tool when it’s placed in the wrong hands. Nowhere has that been more evident that in the world of pro sports where athletes have done some pretty dumb things to get themselves into trouble. Just this weekend, there were reports flying around that Denver Nuggets superstar Carmelo Anthony threatened hip-hop groupie Kat Stacks on the social network (a report that was extinguished when ‘Melo claimed his Twitter account was hacked over the weekend). To prove that athletes are capable of saying some pretty stupid things on Twitter, DrJays.com scoped out just a few of the biggest offenders. Please: Don’t retweet these!
The Tweet: “@jaredlaunius think bout a clever diss then that wit ur fag pic. Christopher street boy. Is what us east coast cats call u.”
The Consequences: The former Kansas City Chief star absolutely went off on a bunch of his Twitter followers last year, making gay slurs and eventually landing himself a one-game suspension (at a cost of approximately $213,000) that marked the beginning of the end of Johnson’s career in Kansas City.
The Tweet: “Man we have to 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.”
The Consequences: Aside from the fact that someone probably spit in his food the next day (Ewwww!), the former San Diego Chargers corner was also fined $2500 for taking a shot at the team’s catering services. Food for thought, Cromartie: Don’t diss people who handle your food.
The Tweet: “Ref in seattle just cheated the dynamo. What a joke. Not even close. Ref is a cheat.”
The Consequences: A $500 fine (relatively low, no? But this is American soccer, so…). Criticizing officials on Twitter is the equivalent of criticizing officials during a press conference. You can do it—but you’re ultimately going to pay the price.
The Tweet: “Back to 500. Yess!!! “500″ means where doing good. Way to Play Hard Guys.”
The Consequences: On the surface, the only thing Jennings was guilty of was poor grammar (c’mon, BJ: we know you skipped college—but “where” instead of “we’re?!”). However, he got in trouble and was fined $7500 because he sent out this tweet less than 45 minutes after a December 2009 game. That’s a violation of the NBA’s social media policy—and a waste of a perfectly good game check!
The Tweet: “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.”
The Consequences: Before Brandon Jennings, there was Charlie Villanueva. The former Milwaukee Bucks forward was busted for tweeting during a game. He actually didn’t face the same harsh fine as Jennings, because there wasn’t a true social media policy yet, but he did face criticism from his coach, his fans and bloggers everywhere.
The Tweet: “i wake up this morning and see i was the new JOHN WAYNE..lmao media is too funny.”
The Consequences: Shortly after the news broke that Arenas had kept four handguns in a safe in his locker at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., he took to Twitter to address the media coverage of the situation. That only made things worse, though, and he was eventually suspended for the season for conduct detrimental to the NBA. Um…YA THINK?!
The Tweet: “Feelin like it’s not worth livin!!!!!!! I’m done”
The Consequences: Whoa. Shortly after inadvertently putting up a Twitpic that may or may not have included a small baggie of weed, Beasley (then a member of the Miami Heat) started writing suicidal messages. They eventually landed him a month-long rehab stint and a shaky start to his NBA career.
The Tweet: “Im gettin it at workouts like a dude who doesnt understand the word no from a drunk girl lol”
The Consequences: Fortson was apparently punished by the university, but the worst part about his controversial tweet is that just days after he posted it, sevenal of his teammates were accused of rape. Yikes.
The Tweet: “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”
The Consequences: Ocho was caught sending out this tweet during a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles a couple of weeks ago. His reward? A $25,000 fine. Was it really worth it, dude?
The Tweet: “how do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground?”
The Consequences: He’s not an athlete—not a professional one, anyway—but Cuban caught the attention of NBA Commissioner David Stern back in March 2009 when he complained about the officiating during a game. As a result, Cuban was fined $25,000, to which he replied (on Twitter, of course!): “can’t say no one makes money from twitter not. the nba does.” And dumb athletes make it all possible.