Is there any more deadly publicity minefield than Twitter? While spoken words certainly have the capability to fatally wound a person's reputation, generally these words need a microphone to do their worst.
With Twitter, a celebrity or athlete can flush their careers down the toilet in 140 characters or less. Deleted and followed up by an apology?—it doesn't matter. Your politically incorrect rant, your profanity, your bigoted words are all going to be showing up in Google search results for eternity.
Twitter has been around for just six years and only recently become the popular, chaotic playground of the opinionated that defines it's role in pop culture—but...man...the social media application has been quite the partner in crime for foot-in-mouth disease. In every sport, in every league, there are dozens of examples of tweets gone wrong.
Some ill-advised tweets merely warranted a quick apology, others have led to fines, public rebukes and serious career trouble.
These are the biggest Twitter disasters in sports.