Twitter has given fans an insight to their favorite players they have never experienced before.
Before Twitter, the closest we could get to athletes' thoughts were through interviews and most of those resulted in premeditated answers. One can not argue Twitter has provided great entertainment value for for fans across the world.
However, there are a few players that should stay away from this social media phenomena. What starts as a personal thought can be seen by the rest of the world within a few seconds by a some taps on a keyboard or a touch screen.
Here are five players that should retire their handle and let their agents contrive answers for future interviews.
Known for: Over-tweeting, fined $25,000 for in-game tweet.
When I set up my Twitter account, the first person I followed was Chad Ochocinco. He was synonymous with Twitter and I thought of him as the godfather of that particular social media forum. A few weeks later, guess who the first person was I unfollowed on Twitter? You got it, Chad Ochocinco.
That dude has way too much time on his hands. No one should be tweeting that much in a day. The Super Bowl hoopla and subsequent loss seems to have finally slowed him down for now, but check out his activity from January 29th: 43 tweets.
Assuming he slept for eight hours that day, that means he tweeted about three times an hour. Are you really that conceited that you think over three million people care that much about what you have to think? Time for a new hobby, Chad.
Known for: Profanity-laden Men's Health interview.
James Harrison is a crazy man on the football field and not much better off it. In an interview this summer that certainly would have garnered a fine for Harrison if the league was not locked out, Harrison covered everyone from Pittsburgh Steelers teammates to Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Specifically, he claimed Ben Roethlisberger was not Peyton Manning and should stop trying to be, Rashard Mendenhall was a fumble machine and he would not piss on Goodell if he were on fire. The author of the article, Paul Solotaroff, later said that the manner in which Harrison spoke was more or less one continuous angry rant.
If he goes off like this in an interview, how much longer until his anger translates to his thumbs and he is getting yet another fine from Goodell, this one due to Twitter?
Known for: His profile says enough: "I kick a** for a living" (For the record, the censorship was added by the writer, not the San Francisco 49ers' young right tackle).
Take a quick scan of Davis' posts and you will notice an inordinate amount of profanity, especially for a high-profile person with over 15,000 followers like Davis. And this is after vowing to tone down the language following the 49ers' come-from-behind 25-19 victory over the Detroit Lions last fall.
Upon influence from the team, Davis quickly deleted his profanity-laden tweets, which surely would have gained more national attention if it was not overshadowed by the Jim Schwartz versus Jim Harbaugh coach fight. Among the tweets that stayed after deleting some: "Dont take twitter serious you end up coming off as a Dip****w your correct grammar and all.. lol its entertainment loosen up ****."
Again, the the asterisks were added by yours truly. Unlike Mr. Davis, I recognize out of all the thousands of people that could potentially be reading this, not all of them want to, or should be, subjected to such harsh language.
Known for: Controversial 9/11 tweet
Rashard Mendenhall likes to think of himself as a free-thinker and inspiration for others to do the same. However, when you have nearly 85,000 followers, you should probably keep any and all thoughts about 9/11 to yourself. Unless, of course, it is honoring all those lives lost over 10 years ago.
What you should not do is tweet things like, "we've only heard one side," or retweet, "I'm not convinced he (Bin Laden) was even behind the attacks." And those were just two of many controversial 9/11 messages conveyed by Mendenhall's Twitter profile.
I enjoy a good conspiracy theory as much as anyone else, but a medium that allows only 140 characters per thought is not the venue for it. In a conversation these thoughts may not sound so terrible. However, with Twitter, there is only one way they can be taken: Poorly.
Known for: Didn't know how many kids he had on HBO's Hard Knocks, tweeting to Matt Hasselbeck, "I will smash your face in."
I would not go as far as to call Antonio Cromartie stupid; that would be just plain rude to write about someone I never met. However, eloquence is not his forte.
First there was the interview on Hard Knocks when he had trouble remembering all of his children's names. Then, there was the threat he tweeted to Matt Hasselbeck. For the record, I find any cornerback threatening violence laughable, especially when said threat involves the word "tweeting."
For a man with (to put it nicely) communication issues, it is only a matter of time before Cromartie tweets something that will get him in real trouble with the NFL.