More often than not, Twitter is an agent of mischief and embarrassment when an athlete uses it as a cyberspace echo chamber for a particularly unique opinion or to air their grievances. When a tweet creates headlines, rarely does its content dwell on the typical 140 characters of inane nonsense blasting across screens and smartphones each day.
When athletes make the news for illicit Twitter shenanigans, they have almost always said something far beyond a faux pas. With all this attention paid to Twitter's penchant for providing an unwanted glimpse into an athlete's worldview or obnoxious mindset, the potential for the social media platform to reveal the endearing wit and humor of athletes is overshadowed by the pitfalls.
While a mountain of forgettable nuggets of information percolates on Twitter each and every minute, there are also plenty of comic gems if you look hard enough. Not many make headlines—other than some of the more attentive sports blogs out there—but that doesn't mean they aren't newsworthy.
Twitter reveals a lot about the athletes and players we love, for better or for worse, but nothing makes following them more worthwhile than when they say something hilarious. So let's take a look at some funny tweets.