Bills WR David Clowney Shocks the World by Tweeting HIV Results

CHARLOTTE, NC - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL,  David Clowney of the Carolina Panthers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)
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Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 23, 2012

Just when we thought there were no new uses for Twitter, Buffalo Bills wide receiver David Clowney proved us wrong.

The Bills wide receiver tweeted the results of his HIV test:

Got My HIV Results Back!! 🙏🙏🙏 Thank God for keeping my body healthy and

— David Clowney IV (@DavidClowney) May 22, 2012

I guess with the temptation of social media, nothing is going to be kept private these days.

Let's take a closer look at this odd incident.

First, and most importantly, it means Clowney is healthy. Furthermore, it shows how Twitter has truly changed the relationship between sports stars and fans.

Perhaps one of the most memorable incidents in sports history is the press conference where Magic Johnson announced he had HIV. Nowadays, however, guys just release this type of information via the Internet, where anyone can see it.

Would Clowney have tweeted that picture if the results were positive? I'm not sure, but nonetheless, it's kind of scary how some athletes are willing to tweet such private information. 

What if Steve Blake, who received death threats a week ago, had previously accidentally tweeted his address?

It's a long shot, but it's a dangerous thing to keep in mind if athletes continue to be careless with what they put on the Internet.

Next, Clowney must continue with his offseason training and do what he can to help the Buffalo Bills football team. Hopefully for him, nothing else comes from this.

Additionally, hopefully Clowney—and all athletes in general—starts being more careful with private information and Twitter in the future. 

There are too many crazy fans out there. 


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