Bleep That Tweet: 10 NFL Players Who Should Be Banned from Twitter
Twitter is changing the way NFL players communicate with one another, with fans and with the media. Football players have become news breakers as much as news makers.
Whether they call out an opponent before a big game, explain their performance from the previous week or just tell all their followers what they are doing, Tweeters across the NFL are making headlines, all in 140 characters or less.
Some players have created distractions with Twitter, others have made enemies. The players on this list should not be allowed to have Twitter accounts due to past transgressions.
Get ready for some bad grammar, unreadable short-hand and occasional profane language. NFL players are not known for the literary value of their tweets.
Steve Johnson, WR, Buffalo Bills
After dropping a game-winning touchdown pass in 2010, Steve Johnson went to the Twittersphere, offending the religious and making devout Bills fans question their receivers accountability.
Johnson had an amazing 2010 season, but his drop became an even bigger deal because of his now infamous tweet, aimed at a higher power.
Tweet: "I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO..."
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
After Chicago Bear's QB Jay Cutler left the NFC Championship Game with a knee injury, Maurice Jones-Drew decided to voice his opinion.
Even though cameras caught Cutler looking comfortable on the sideline, it turned out he had a sprained MCL. After hearing the diagnosis, fans, players and pundits alike seemed to turn in favor of Cutler after they discovered the extent of his injury.
Tweet: "All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one..."
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White took trash talking to the next level in December when he aimed a tweet at the Saints.
The city of New Orleans took offense and White has since apologized for his comments, saying readers took his tweet out of context.
The tweet no longer appears to be on Twitter.
Tweet:“The grace of god gave them tht championship so that city wouldn fall apart now and now they they hot shit in my chad voice child please.”
Chad Ochocinco, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Chad Ochocinco has had a number of tweets that have landed him in trouble. In some tweets, Ochocinco used derogatory terms, in others he has offered to fly followers out to a game.
Ochocinco was fined $25,000 for one of his more infamous tweets in training camp 2010.
Tweet: "Man Im sick of getting hit like that , its the damn preseason shit! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers , #Tylenolplease,"
Darnell Dockett, LB, Arizona Cardinals
First, Darnell Dockett posted a video of himself taking a shower on Twitter. That, in and of itself, should ban him from ever having one again.
Then, after Vernon Davis made fun of Dockett (because, you know, he posted a picture of himself showering), Dockett came back with this gem:
Tweet: “Its more than a rivalry its not about us versus them its me versus ‘YOU’ now. I promise u on everything I love I try and f*ck u up!!”
Antonio Cromartie, CB, New York Jets
After Matt Hasselbeck questioned whether Antonio Cromartie knew what CBA stood for on Twitter (it's collective bargaining agreement, geniuses), Cromartie came back with a response. He might have slightly overreacted.
Tweet: "hey Matt if u have something to then say it be a man about it. Don't erase it. I will smash ur face in."
Robert Henson, LB, Washington Redskins
Robert Henson, who are you? Rookie linebackers are not allowed to call out the fans that buy tickets. They don't. Henson tried, via Twitter.
Then he took his Twitter account down. Henson truly wrote one of the dumbest tweets of all time.
Tweet: "All you fake half hearted Skins fan can .. I won't go there but I dislike you very strongly, don't come to Fed Ex to boo dim wits!!"
Tag: Henson took down his Twitter account after the controversy.
Kawika Mitchell, LB, Buffalo Bills
In 2009, Kawika Mitchell was disappointed in one of Buffalo Bills' offseason moves: they picked up Richie Incognito. Mitchell was not impressed with his new teammate.
Whether it crossed Mitchell's mind that he would have to spend all year playing with Richie Incognito remains unclear, but tweets like the one below don't endear teammates to one another quickly.
(New tweet) ".. WILL BE. REALLY WISH I WAS PLAYIN RITE NOW. SERIOUSLY... I KNO WE'RE N NEED OF OLINE BUT THIS GUY SUKS BALLS."
Larry Johnson, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Ok, so he's not really in the NFL anymore, but his tweet years ago caused enormous reverberations throughout the league.
Johnson got into an exchange with one of his followers. After Johnson questioned the qualifications of Todd Haley to coach, a follower backed him up. Johnson responded poorly, calling the follower profane names.
Johnson has since apologized.
Tweet: "think bout a clever diss then that wit ur fag pic. Christopher street boy. Is that what us east coast cats call you."
Brandon McDonald, CB, Cleveland Browns
It's rarely a good idea for marginal corners to call out elite wide receivers.
Such was the case when McDonald insulted Terrell Owens over Twitter. Owens famously responded by asking if people were talking about Ronald McDonald.
Tweet: "TO to da Bengals huh??? Yessss, another piece of pussy fa da Browns secondary to run a train on ... Let's Goooo!!!! ITS TRU"