Wojciech Szczesny, Arsenal's goalkeeper, made a rapist and pedophile joke using fellow teammate Aaron Ramsey as the foil.
The news was reported in an article written by Alan Duffy for Who Ate All The Pies.
Szczesny made the situation worse by publishing his joke on his Twitter account.
The two were playing golf together and Szczesny tweeted by saying that Ramsey looked "like a rapist" in the photo. Ramsey responded by tweeting a comment about jealousy.
The goalkeeper responded by saying that Ramsey looked like a "rapist and pedophile."
The conversation brings to mind the use of Twitter by athletes and celebrities.
When a person is using Twitter, the whole world sees the comments of the athletes and other celebrities. Szczesny was either unaware of this or he didn't think his joke was harmful.
While Szczesny apologized and recanted his remarks, the damage is irreversible in the digital age.
In the USA, Ramsey could have sued Szczesny for slander because of the remark. The Portland Mercury reported a story (August 2011) about a plastic surgeon who sued a blogger over a remark made in her Twitter account.
The poor judgement exercised by Szczesny is an insult to those who are victims of rape and pedophilia. Szczesny should be investigated by Arsenal FC, the Premier League, FA and FIFA.
They should apply maximum punishment to the goalkeeper for what he did.
Alan Duffy proposes a ban on the use of Twitter by athletes in his article.
I second that and think a ban on Twitter use by athletes is a great idea.