10 NFL Players Who Abuse Social Media the Most
At this point, it seems that nearly every NFL player is using Twitter in some way. Well, most of the offensive linemen aren't, but Chad Ochocinco and his peers are certainly active.
Twitter has allowed fans unprecedented access to Sunday's stars, in both positive and negative ways. It's fantastic fans can talk to and question their favorite players, but they also see and hear more than they might want to.
More than a few NFL players have tweeted things they later regretted—or should regret, at least—and some make fools of themselves on a regular basis.
For us fans, it's entertaining, but some players would be better off staying away from Twitter and other social media sites.
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In June, D.J. Williams tweeted a picture of his playbook and revealed that he was learning a new position. Williams later deleted the tweet, and it was but one isolated incident, but this clearly falls under the abuse category.
Head coach John Fox shrugged off the incident, but suffice it to say, the Broncos' coaching brass wishes it hadn't happened. The revealed information may not be crucial, but no information would be much better.
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Rob Gronkowski's off-the-field issues are well-documented. Granted, Gronkowski didn't post much of this on Twitter himself, but others did.
Again, Gronkowski didn't tweet these himself, but he allowed others to, which is just as bad.
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Osi Umenyiora and LeSean McCoy's feud has gone on for a while now, and Umenyiora escalated things by wishing McCoy a happy Mother's day. Real mature, Osi.
The tweet was, at best, a humorous dig at a division rival. At worst, it was a juvenile insult towards a competitor on a day for actual mothers.
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In Osi Umenyiora's defense, LeSean McCoy hasn't been the world's best Twitter user either. In fact, McCoy started the feud between the two by tweeting that Umenyiora was overrated and soft.
Umenyiora did nothing to initially incite McCoy (at least not publicly), and the insult was uncalled for. Even if there was a private beef between the two, there was no reason for McCoy to make it public.
Ochocinco regularly makes himself look stupid to his followers, and he has angered many. Between the profanity and general stupidity, he has lost himself many fans.
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When he started tweeting about Osama bin Laden and September 11th, Rashard Mendenhall lost many fans. It's a textbook example of why NFL players should probably avoid politics.
Whether or not you agree with Mendenhall isn't important. The Steeler running back touched on a sensitive subject with some controversial comments.
As a public figure, that's not a good thing to do.
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Darnell Dockett live-tweeted his encounter with the police. Does that strike anyone as an intelligent thing to do?
When a person is dealing with the police, he or she should probably deal with the police, and not tweet about it. That really seems like common sense. There's a time for Twitter, and a traffic stop is definitely not it.
Oh, and there's the incident where Dockett UStreamed himself taking a shower. Probably not the best idea, either.
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Think back to the lockout. Fans, coaches and players were frustrated with the lack of football. The whole process seemed to be taking forever. Then there's Bush saying he's just enjoying a nice little vacation.
If that doesn't make you a fan favorite, nothing will!
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After the New England Patriots lost Super Bowl XLVI, James Harrison ridiculed the team for the Spygate incident. Ripping on a team for an incident years in the past isn't exactly classy.
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After the Chicago Bears signed Michael Bush, Matt Forte took his issues with the team to Twitter. Forte criticized the team for not taking care of its own and instead adding additional players. He was, of course, referring to his own contract situation.
Now, whether Forte had a point is irrelevant. Making his beef with the team public simply doesn't help matters and isn't the professional way to handle the situation.
History has shown that contract negotiations are best kept away from the public and media. Ideally, they should be kept between the player and team. Anything else is stroking the fire.
Forte took a campfire and burnt down an entire forest.