As technology has continued to advance without taking a second to breathe, Professional athletes have become more accessible than at any other time in sports history. Just this week, the NBA fined Phoenix Suns player Amare' Stoudemire $7,500 for sending a tweet during a game.
For fans, this is an exciting time. Personally I have had the opportunity to become friends with several of my favorite players on facebook or follow them on twitter. But on facebook, the players have a choice. They can create a fan page that keeps them at a distance from us, or they can create a regular page providing us inside access to their lives.
As the Cardinal's danced their way to an appearance in last years Superbowl, I watched as Deuce Letui put pictures of the event on his facebook. What a priviledge I thought to see what he saw!
But there is a problem setting up the account as Deuce has done. His teammate, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie found this out the hardway. Because many people have access to the facebook page, many people can write what they want. While DRC did not write anything controversial, someone he had befriended did. DRC took appropriate action rebuked the poster for what he said.
Instead of allowing himself to be vulnerable again, DRC removed his friend account off of facebook and created a fan page. This removes him from having to police his personal facebook account and allows him to focus on playing.
As a fan, I enjoy having access to the players that I follow. It will be interesting to see how technology continues to advance and change the way we can interact with those fortunate enough to be professional athletes.