Steelers' Santonio Holmes: Is "Kill Yourself" Twitter Rant Foolish or Justified?

Chris MillerCorrespondent IMarch 31, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Santonio Holmes #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stiff arms Dawan Landry #26 of the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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To quote Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes via Twitter towards a fellow member: "y u tryna make me look like the bad guy. U shud try finding the worst thing that you could drink n kill urself."

The message, directed towards member DMKayser, probably resulted from what might have been a hostile comment directed towards Holmes regarding his current legal situation.

Nevertheless, it is a development that is sweeping across the Internet world and Steeler Nation itself.

And at the top, the Rooney family can only continue to shake their heads in disbelief.

Fans will run to Holmes' defense, while others will criticize him dearly, but there is one fact we all must concede.

Holmes had a brain fart.

Simply put, it was an unintelligent comment to write, whether or not DMKayser provoked the situation.

When an athlete creates a Twitter account, or any other social networking site for that matter, expect a flock to follow and sound off.

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Holmes' recent allegations of assault exemplified the possibility of a swarm of negativity directed towards him. Whatever was exchanged on DMKayser's behalf, it must have struck Santonio personally.

It's safe to assume DMKayser's comment was not the first degrading statement directed towards the receiver on either Twitter, Facebook, e-mail, or any other form of direct communication Holmes may use.

Obviously, Santonio should have taken a more professional approach to the situation. As the development of information expands, fans will formulate their opinions on the matter once the "Tweet" message aimed towards Holmes is released.

At this point, DMKayser should be criticized just as hard because the content of his message was not immediately released, although Santonio's was. As of now, what was said to Holmes remains to be seen.

Don't formulate an opinion until the full conversation is known, but understand that Santonio had the ability to avert this developing situation.

Truthfully, there exists a wide collection of fans that the NFL, or any other sport in particular, doesn't need.

These are people found in sports blogs and forums who have nothing intelligent to contribute to a conversation, vying only to profoundly insult others through a racial, sexual, or religiously targeted manner.

Santonio surely made a mistake, there's no question about it, but was his response appropriate for what was actually said to him?

In due time, fans should learn what exactly Santonio read prior to his passionate remarks.

As for now, the general consensus rests on Holmes' inability to prevent another negative headline from reaching the world of sports.

And for the Steelers, the organization just chalked up another tally mark to an already troubled offseason.


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