10 NFL Players Who Abuse Social Media the Most

Wes StueveContributor IIIJune 21, 2012

10 NFL Players Who Abuse Social Media the Most

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    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.

D.J. Williams

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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.

Rob Gronkowski

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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.

    First, there was this picture of Gronkowski with an adult film star. Then there was a supposed 16-year-old girl claiming to have hooked up with Gronkowski in Aruba. 

    Again, Gronkowski didn't tweet these himself, but he allowed others to, which is just as bad.

Osi Umenyiora

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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.

LeSean McCoy

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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.

Chad Ochocinco

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    For years, Chad Ochocinco has tweeted profanity (be warned, do not click the link if you don't want to see it) and pictures we don't want to see.

    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.

Rashard Mendenhall

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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. 

Darnell Dockett

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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.

Reggie Bush

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    During the lockout, Reggie Bush made no secret of the fact that he was enjoying the time off. It's never good for a player to admit he's enjoying not working. Because that means he's not working.

    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!

James Harrison

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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.

    Harrison also complained after being suspended for his hit on Colt McCoy. Harrison's points were way off the mark, and he didn't show any remorse for his illegal—and concussion-inducing—hit.

Matt Forte

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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.