It's pretty funny to think how social media has officially changed the game for athletes, isn't it?
I mean, back in the day, a player could say something stupid on camera while being interviewed in the locker room after a loss, but most people would just attribute it to frustration and bad timing for a poor reporter.
Nowadays, though, some athletes just can't hide their personal opinions, as they constantly take to social media and share what they think with the world—which, sometimes, can cause a negative reaction.
For those athletes who should have never hit "Send," this one's for you, because you have to learn how to chill when it comes to using social media.
10. Rashard Mendenhall
This is one that everyone probably remembers, as it became a tweet that saw the biggest backlash an athlete has ever received following a tweet.
If there's one subject that no one should even try to explain in 140 or fewer characters, it's the September 11 attacks. Unfortunately, former NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall thought tackling the topic following the death of Osama Bin Laden would be a good idea.
Not only did Mendenhall seem to defend Bin Laden in his first of two tweets, but he then questioned the entire 9/11 attacks, too, offending both the victims, their families and, well, pretty much every American who witnessed the extreme incident.
The tweets didn't stay online for long, yet suffice to say, the former NFL player is probably better remembered for sending them out than for his playing career.
9. Tyler Seguin
There were several reasons why the Boston Bruins shipped talented young star Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars in 2013, and most of them revolved around the kid's immaturity more than anything else.
Known to hit the town during his days in Boston, Seguin made headlines for the wrong reasons upon being traded to Dallas with a tweet that was offensive toward homosexuals.
Like some athletes who get busted for sending such a tweet, Seguin tried to blame hackers. Eventually, the situation was sort of forgotten because it was during the offseason and he has turned into a superstar, but it was still a poor choice on his part.
8. Dwight Howard
Given his social media history, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard would better be off just deleting all of his accounts altogether—because if he's not getting burned by fans, he's occasionally finding himself in hot water.
Howard immediately deleted and apologized for the tweet, but even then, he still finds himself doing things on social media that aren't exactly the best way to rep himself.
7. Kris Boyd
Ah, yes, the college football player who tweeted his displeasure about his current team and gave an indication that he would be leaving for a different school during halftime of a game. How could we forget this?
Oh, that's right, we won't!
That's because what Texas Longhorns defensive back Kris Boyd did this past season during his team's game against TCU was so stupid that UT should actually have Boyd speak to incoming players about the first thing they should never do while playing college football.
Hinting that he would leave the school for archrival Texas A&M is bad. Doing it while getting blown out is worse. Someone tell me what this kid was doing on his phone in the locker room in the first place.
6. Yordano Ventura
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura probably needs to take a look at himself in the mirror and take a deep breath because he has a long way to go until he becomes the player that Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista is—Ventura attacked him on Twitter in August of this past season.
That's not to say the 24-year-old can't voice his opinion, but the disrespect he tossed toward Joey Bats was crazy, with the pitcher calling the six-time All-Star a "nobody" and accusing Bautista of stealing signs.
Above is the Twitter message, which is translated from Spanish below, per Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan:
We’ll meet again later and if you do that with me, you’ll see what I’m about. I don’t care about anybody. I used to respect you, but you’re a nobody. … You got lucky this time, but MLB doesn’t get canceled after this season. Keep running your mouth. … You need to stop giving signs. You’re gonna get it from me for being fresh and you really are a nobody.”
This all came after a bench-clearing brawl that occurred between the teams in which things stayed heated afterwards.
Ventura deleted the tweets, apologized and said he took full responsibility for his words, as both teams played nice in the playoffs when they met in the ALCS, but this was a moment when a young player needed to have a gut check before sending his thoughts out.
5. LeSean McCoy
There are moments in sports when opposing athletes beef with one another on social media, causing a little feud to ignite.
Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (then with the Philadelphia Eagles) did just that with former New York Giants defender Osi Umenyiora, but Shady took things to the next level when he went full-blown crazy on the lady who birthed his child.
Completely laying into the woman, McCoy not only went on a rant about their situation and degraded her, but after realizing it was a bad look, the running back tried to say that his account was hacked and that it wasn't him saying those things.
No one bought it, so LeSean finally admitted to it and issued an apology.
4. Chipper Jones
During his playing days, former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones became an icon for his success on the baseball field. Like others on this list, though, the time away from the game seems to have given him too much free time to tweet about things he shouldn't be talking about.
The most extreme case came in early 2015 when Jones sent an ill-advised tweet regarding the devastating 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, suggesting that he thought the FBI made up the incident that killed 26 people in total.
Jones deleted the tweet and was forced to apologize, but my goodness, dude needs to get his facts right before... actually, scratch that, Chipper doesn't even need to be tweeting about something like that.
3. Gilbert Arenas
Still earning a ton of money from his massive contract that he signed years ago, former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas sure seems to have a lot of free time on his hands, proving that with each tweet and Instagram post that he sends out.
The problem is Arenas is just making himself seem ignorant with each post.
That has happened on more than one occasion, as he first offended a bunch of people with an Instagram post that suggested, in essence, that WNBA players should dress sexier. Recently, he said would block every girl on social media from Flint, Michigan, because they're dirty due to the unfortunate water situation going on in the city.
With such backlash on Agent Zero, he finally came to his senses and deleted his IG account, but it seems to be a little too late, as the damage has been done.
2. Curt Schilling
I'm not sure what has happened to former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling in the past few years, but ol' dude really needs to relax on the crazy comments on social media and just give himself a break.
That's because Schilling has gone on a couple of rants that have both hurt his rep and cost him time as an announcer for ESPN, with him getting suspended last baseball season for saying the wrong things on Twitter.
Whether it was that offensive tweet about comparing Muslims to Nazis or something else stupid that caused an uproar—like his absurd ISIS response to presidential hopeful Donald Trump—Schill needs to chill on Twitter.
1. Johnny Manziel
For so many reasons, Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel needs to take a major timeout from social media and just try to focus on getting his life—not just his NFL career—back on track.
Manziel, who checked into rehab last February to try to better himself, found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this NFL season, continuing to do the same things that earned him his Johnny Football reputation by partying during weeks when he wasn't playing and then popping up on social media boozing on various weekends.
After being given a shot to become the starter in Cleveland, Manziel's time with the Browns is all but over, as new head coach Hue Jackson admitted he's looking for a new signal-caller in an interview with Bleacher Report Radio's Jason Cole and Ty Schalter (h/t Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot).
The Internet helped Manziel's career blow up while in college, but it has hurt him ever since he has been in the pros, as he has failed to mature from his party-boy image.