20 Most Notorious Sports Tweets Ever
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Twitter is an amazing way for professional athletes to connect with their fans. It allows them to share details about their training, answer questions and in some cases even set up meetings.
Twitter has also created plenty of controversy, as athletes fire off whatever is on their mind. Athletes have used slurs, made insensitive comments and showed a complete lack of judgment.
Here are 20 athletes whose agents were left wishing their athletes had used a little more discretion before hitting the SEND button.
Maurice Jones-Drew Calls out Jay Cutler, Urban Meyer
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By now, everyone has seen the images of Jay Cutler standing on the sideline looking glum while his Bears lost the NFC Championship Game last season. Cutler was supposedly out with a knee injury, but he had been playing terribly before leaving the game.
With years of medical training at his disposal, Maurice Jones-Drew took to Twitter.
Hey I think the Urban Meyer rule is effect right now… When the going gets tough……..QUIT
Jones-Drew not only called out a fellow NFL star, who turned out to have a Grade II MCL tear, he called out the beloved former Gators coach. The Jaguars running back must have forgotten for a second that many of his team's fans also worshiped Urban Meyer.
Maurice Jones-Drew needs to stick to playing football and leave the medical analysis to real doctors.
Golden Tate Is Not a NASCAR Fan
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A lot of people question NASCAR's status as a sport. They're entitled to their opinion.
When you're an unproven rookie wide receiver, you should probably keep that opinion to yourself.
Watching the ESPY's this summer, Golden Tate was shocked that Jimmie Johnson was in the running for athlete of the year.
Jimmy johnson up for best athlete???? Um nooo .. Driving a car does not show athleticism
First off, Golden, at least spell the man's name right. It's Jimmie Johnson, and he is a five-time defending champion.
Tate is just lucky he was drafted by Seattle and not Carolina. My advice, wait until you've completed a full season before even thinking about bashing one of the most dominant champions in professional sports.
Henson Is Not Happy with Home Crowd
Robert Henson really got after Redskins fans following a 2009 preseason loss to the Rams. Fans took exception with the Redskins offensive play-calling during the 9-7 loss and voiced their frustration.
That did not sit well with the rookie, a sixth-round pick.
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!!
No I didn’t play but I still made more than you in a year and you’d (gladly) switch spots with me in a second. …
I was talking to the fans (who) said the crazy stuff, I’m use (to heckling) but I’ve never been booed in my own stadium.
Again, that was for the half hearted but if everyone wants to jump in, come on. The question is who are you to say you know what’s best for the team, and you work 9 to 5 at Mcdonalds
Henson deleted his Twitter account shortly after the incident. The Redskins deleted him from their roster. He has not found another NFL roster spot.
How's McDonald's look now ,Robert?
J.R. Smith Drops Gang Hints
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J.R. Smith spent about two weeks in the summer of 2009 replacing every "C" in his tweets with the letter "K". How sinister could that be? Athletes are not known to be the best at spelling.
Apparently it was pretty sinister.
Replacing "Cs" with "Ks" is common practice for the Bloods street gang. Smith clearly knew what he was doing, although he feigned ignorance. The spelling errors mysteriously disappeared as soon as he was called out for his indiscretion.
Antonio Cromartie Is Hungry
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It's a good thing Antonio Cromartie plays in New York City now. He has a very sensitive palate. He should have no trouble finding a place to get a decent bite to eat in the Big Apple.
Before moving on to the Jets, Cromartie played in San Diego. The Chargers cafeteria food just wasn't cutting it.
Man we have to have the most nasty food of any team. Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years the same ish maybe that’s y we can’t we the SB we need
It should be noted that at the time Cromartie's Twitter handle was @crimetime31. If that's not bad enough, he added this misguided tweet. Whether or not the food actually was terrible in the San Diego cafeteria, the Chargers failed to win a Super Bowl because their defense simply could not hold a fourth-quarter lead.
God Lets Stevie Johnson Down
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Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson dropped what would have been a game-winning touchdown catch last season against the Steelers. He was obviously very unhappy.
I praise you 24/7!!! And this how you do me!!! You expect me to learn from this???How??? I'll never forget this!! Ever!! Thx Tho.
Sorry, Stevie. I realize how painful your gaffe was, but your savior did not take his eye off you. You took your eye off the ball.
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Cappie Pondexter is lucky she plays in the WNBA and not the NBA. If Pondexter were an NBA superstar, this tweet following the tsunami in Japan would have made her one of the most scorned players in the game.
What if God was tired of the way they treated their own people in there own country! Idk guys he makes no mistakes.
This tweet is bad enough on its own. It gets worse when you realize Pondexter was one of the players at the heart of the Don Imus controversy. If her profile were bigger, this tweet would go down in history as one of the most insensitive in the history of Twitter.
Kareem Jackson Enjoys a Good Cock Fight
After a rookie season that saw him struggle to match the speed of NFL wide receivers, Kareem Jackson decided to take a vacation to the Dominican Republic to unwind.
I guess he thought witnessing a cock fight would be a good way to relax.
My first time ever seeing chicken fight till the death it was crazy...
The Texan was also kind enough to tweet pictures from the event.
Jackson cannot cover NFL wide receivers.He also cannot understand why it might not be a great idea to tweet about watching chickens fight to the death.
Gilbert Comes out Guns Blazing
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It's not surprising that Gilbert Arenas tried to make light of the fact that he kept a small arsenal in his Wizards locker. He was after all, the clown prince of the NBA at the time.
As he faced down a year-long suspension, he tried to ease the tension.
i wake up this morning and see i was the new JOHN WAYNE..lmao media is too funny.
Not many people were chuckling after reading that tweet. Arenas recently brought an end to his Twitter days. Not many will miss him. His tweets were sexist, stupid and just not funny.
Arian Foster Shares a Little Too Much
That's Arian Foster's hamstring. The Texans running back shared the MRI of his injured leg on Twitter.
Yes, you read that correctly.
He actually shared confidential medical documents with the whole world. The Texans coaching staff needs to have a sit down with their star back and explain why it might not be a good idea to give opposing NFL teams a window into their injury report.
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Some guys just don't learn, do they?
After bashing San Diego figuratively, Cromartie threatened some literal bashing over Twitter. After the then-Seahawks quarterback questioned whether or not Cromartie knew what CBA actually stood for, the Jets cornerback took exception.
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.
This Twitter battle came during the lockout, a time when NFL players were trying to band together. Looks like Cromartie missed that memo.
Ching Spots a Cheat
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Brian Ching was at home watching his Houston Dynamo teammates take on the Seattle Sounders when a referee's call rubbed him the wrong way.
Ref in seattle just cheated the dynamo. What a joke. Not even close. Ref is a cheat.
Athletes have been duking it out with officials since the dawn of organized sport. Questioning their judgment is an acceptable part of the game. Accusing an official of cheating, however, is not.
Michael Beasley Tweets His Way to Rehab
Shortly after tweeting this photo of himself that may or may not have contained a bag of weed, Michael Beasley began tweeting very dark messages.
Feelin like it’s not worth livin!!!!!!! I’m done
Beasley eventually checked into rehab and came back to post a solid 2010 season with Minnesota.
The Game Wasn't Exciting Enough for Villanueva
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Charlie Villanueva could quite possibly be the reason the NBA has a strict "no tweeting" policy during games.
In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We’re playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up.
Villanueva's team at the time, the Milwaukee Bucks, won the game 86-77. He also led the team in scoring.
Maybe the 30 seconds Villanueva spent firing off his tweet didn't actually hurt his play.
Ochocinco Gets Hit
Chad Ochocinco is clearly the social media master of the NFL. Twitter and Ochocinco are a match made in heaven.
Ocho has been fined plenty of times in his NFL career for his elaborate touchdown celebrations. It was only a matter of time before tweeting took a chunk out of his paycheck.
Man Im sick of getting hit like that, its the dam preseason s**t! 1day I’m gone jump up and start throwing hay makers, #Tylenolplease
Ochocinco earns points for his great use of the hash-tag. He also earned a hefty fine thanks to the fact that his tweet was sent during the game.
It should come as no surprise that he also had something to say about the fine.
Dear NFL I apologize for tweeting during the game but that was 2 months of my Bugatti payments you just took from me, I won’t do it again.
Ochocinco's tweeting has seen a decline as he struggles to learn the New England offense.
LeBron's Entire 2010-2011 Twitter Timeline
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2010-2011 was not a good season for LeBron James. He went from being a beloved hometown hero in Cleveland to the NBA's most hated player in less than a season.
While the criticism of LeBron was uncalled for at times, King James provided plenty of fuel to fire those who wished to see him fail.
LeBron's past NBA season could go down in history as one of the worst extended period of twitter use by an athlete. The King simply could not remove his foot from his mouth.
This is one of my favorites.
Today is Hater Day. Everyone please let them get their 2 mins of fame and light! I Love You Haters. Continue to make me proud of u guys! LOL
LeBron celebrated Hater Day by retweeting many of the derogatory tweets directed his way that day. I'm not a highly paid image consultant, but there's no way that helped heal James' tarnished image.
We Talkin' About Practice
Practices must be extremely grueling for members of the Arkansas basketball team. How else to explain this tweet from Razorbacks point guard Courtney Fortson?
Im gettin it at workouts like a dude who doesnt understand the word no from a drunk girl lol
Rape is not something to make light of in any case. Fortson was punished by the university after his tweet hit the Internet. His tweet looks even worse when you consider the fact that several of his teammates were accused of rape just days after his post.
Jaz Reynolds Crosses the Line
There is plenty of room for friendly smack talk in a heated rivalry like the one Oklahoma and Texas share. Sooners receiver Jaz Reynolds, however, crossed the line with this tweet sent after a shooting took place on the Texas campus.
Hey everyone in Austin, tx——.kill yourself
Reynolds quickly apologized, trying to make light of the situation. The damage, however, was already done.
Fan Interaction Gone Wrong
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Larry Johnson will go down as one of the all-time biggest loose cannons in NFL history. He talked his way out of Kansas City and several other NFL cities.
Johnson will go down in NFL history as the first player to get into a Twitter battle with a fan instead of an opponent. After tweeting his displeasure about head coach Todd Haley, Chiefs fans began flooding Johnson's page with tweets.
He decided to fire back to at least one, using several gay slurs in the process.
@jaredlaunius think bout a clever diss then that wit ur f-- pic. Christopher street boy. Is what us east coast cats call u.
Larry Johnson's skin was way too thin to handle the access granted to fans by Twitter. He never was good at taking criticism during his playing days. It should come as no surprise that he would get into it with a fan on Twitter.
Rashard Mendenhall, Conspiracy Theorist
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During the NFL lockout, Rashard Mendenhall spent his time creating controversy on Twitter. He is a budding conspiracy theorist, a fact he revealed after the death of Osama bin Laden.
We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.
Mendenhall is entitled to his opinion. He needs to realize, however, that as a professional athlete, his every move is under the microscope.
Mendenhall appears to have learned his lesson following this incident and has been on his best Twitter behavior.