If you say something stupid or controversial in a press conference or a live interview, you're going to have to own up to some consequences.
If you say something stupid on Twitter?
Easy. Call it a hack, pass off the blame and go about your day.
Blaming ill-advised tweets on mysterious unidentified hackers has been a long standing tradition among professional athletes with reputations to uphold.
Accidentally say something offensive? Hacker.
Tweet something unprofessional or insensitive? Hacker.
Sure, hackers exist. But they tend to get more credit than they're due.
So how many athletes have really been victims to Twitter hacking, and how many have just tried to use it as an easy cover? Today, we'll use the infallible hack-o-meter to find out. A score of 10 means the athlete was definitely hacked. A score of one means they definitely were not.
Always remember: If you've got something stupid to say, say it on Twitter. It seems there's always a way to take it back.