The moment social media evolved from a 21st century Internet curiosity to a primary form of communication with friends, family, coworkers...and total strangers, apps like Twitter and Instagram have proved that more of us isn't necessarily better.
If anything, they've shown that if given the opportunity, anyone—rich, poor, famous or toiling in obscurity—is capable of transmitting truly cringe-worthy words and images.
In essence, social media has democratized buffoonery, which explains why athletes who otherwise would be relatively inoculated from scrutiny in their dome of celebrity, are perfect examples of both the perks and perils.
And when it comes to social media crimes, few things have suffered as much wanton and egregious abuse than fashion—often with awesome and hilarious results.
Put a de facto digital camera in the pocket of millions of Americans, including athletes, and give them the ability to upload pics to apps like Facebook from almost anywhere, and what was once a misguided choice of pants among friends is now a viral hit landing in inboxes across the world.
These are 20 athlete social media fashion fails.