The Most Regrettable Tweets in Sports

Zack Pumerantz@z_pumerantzAnalyst IIIJuly 5, 2011

The Most Regrettable Tweets in Sports

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    Most athletes grow up with an undying love for their sport and an unbreakable appreciation for their craft.

    What others don't seem to understand is the amount of maturity required to fully succeed at the next level, bereft of controversy.

    Immaturity and naiveté can not only ruin an already prolific athlete's career, but can also prevent a promising future from reaching fruition.

    Sometimes athletes don't know how to keep their mouths shut. They believe that they are invincible and untouchable despite what they stir up.

    Social networking has allowed athletes the opportunity to be more vocal and communicative with fans and fellow athletes, not necessarily for the better.

    Here are the 40 worst instances of Twitter being used.


40. Never Disrespect Your Elders

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    When former Cleveland Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald learned that the rival Cincinnati Bengals had signed the controversial wide receiver, he had some harsh words for T.O.

    Ironically, McDonald was cut before the season even started and is now on the Lions.

    It's not a good idea to talk smack when you don't have a guaranteed spot of your own.

39. Cha Ching

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    While he was playing for the U.S. national team, Brian Ching felt that his club team, the Houston Dynamo, was cheated by the refs and didn't hesitate to tweet his reaction.

    The MLS wasn't pleased and fined him a hefty $500.

    Next time try a diary instead.

38. Keeping It Melo

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    Kat Stacks, a notorious groupie, had clearly rubbed Carmelo Anthony the wrong way, no pun intended.

    Translated, this tweet essentially said Anthony would pay $5,000 to anyone who would videotape themselves hitting her in the face.

    He claims his account was hacked, but we'll roll our eyes at that excuse.

    She wasn't pleased and took it out on Twitter as well.

37. Bugatti Is Worth the Price

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    During a preseason game, Chad Ochocinco wasn't too pleased with a hard hit he received and tweeted about it as the game was happening.

    He said, "Man Im sick of getting hit like that, its the [expletive] preseason [expletive]! 1day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers, #Tylenolplease."

    The tweet above was in response to the NFL fining him $25,000.

    Always classy.

36. Jose on the Can

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    This can be classified as too much information.

    Continuously a self-proclaimed victim, Jose Canseco continues his attempt to ruin the lives of those who were once close to him.

    We know he's thinking about more writing, but now we know he is releasing his bowels as well.

    Finally we can sleep well.

35. Brandon Jokings

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    That may look like rapper Young Buck being targeted by Jordan Farmar, but it is actually Bucks guard Brandon Jennings.

    Allegedly getting into a Twitter fight with the ex-Laker Farmar, Jennings later learned that it wasn't the real account of the NBA guard.

    As a result, Jennings deleted his account.

34. Young Dopey

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    Eli Manning, not only do you resemble Dopey, the youngest of the seven dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but you're also helping your haters by leaving simplistic tweets like this.

    While the monosyllabic words are friendly, they lack intelligence and worth.

    You have a tough hill to climb to convince fans that you're competent, especially when you dive head first into the ground and fumble the ball to lose the game on your own.

    Try for two-syllable words next time.

33. He Is Far from Incognito

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    Linebacker Kawika Mitchell isn't the first person who needs to be evaluating talent, especially considering he has never had more than 84 tackles in a season.

    When he was on the Bills, he clearly wasn't pleased with their signing of guard Richie Incognito and didn't hold back his feelings.

    Honestly, how could you not want that last name on your squad?

32. Good Genes, Bad Grammar

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    Not only do we not care what Larry Johnson's father did, but it is common knowledge that you don't disrespect your own coach all across the Internet. In this case, Todd Haley was the victim. 

    A fan didn't like the comments and tweeted back, followed by Johnson's second tweet, including his misspelling of briefly.

    Years later, Johnson is riding the Redskins bench, and Haley is a year removed from a playoff appearance.

    Larry, learn how to spell before you tweet your feelings.

31. Gunbert Arenas

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    He may be a "goof ball," but Gilbert Arenas didn't need to make his "gun in the locker room" incident more public than it already was.

    Being the new John Wayne isn't usually a good thing when you're an athlete.

    After the gun incident, he was dropped by Adidas.

    Sad times.

30. The King Is Angry

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    After all LeBron James' supposed humbleness, "the king" decided to attack his haters and threaten all those who doubt him.

    The fact that his Twitter name is KingJames is pretentious enough, but don't try to add fuel to the fire.

    The ending of this season put a smile on the face of all his haters.

    Well done, LeBron—there's always next year.

29. Like Father, Like Son

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    While Marcus Jordan is undoubtedly correct in his comments towards those who continuously compare Kobe Bryant to the elder Jordan, this tweet was unnecessary.

    We believe that Marcus is more furious that he doesn't have anywhere close to the talent that Kobe's backup has.

    It's all right, Marcus, let it out.

28. Dangerous Dud

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    Oh, Jared Dudley, you could not be more wrong.

    To the ubiquitous dismay of Knicks fans, LeBron took his talents to South Beach and left the rest of the league in his dust.

    But you have to love the enthusiasm.

27. Cobb Salad

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    This tweet was not only made after Kentucky beat South Carolina, but apologies went viral almost as fast as the comments did.

    Drafted in the second round of this year's NFL draft by the defending champion Green Bay Packers, wide receiver Randall Cobb is known for holding Kentucky's all-time touchdown record with 37 total scores.

    That doesn't give him the right to whine.

26. Robert Benchson

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    As a rookie, former TCU linebacker Robert Henson didn't appreciate the fans booing the team after an ugly 9-7 win over the Rams.

    Unfortunately, benchwarmer isn't quite the place you want to hold when criticizing fans.

    With only three tackles in his professional career, Henson has a big hill to climb to gain the confidence of fans and his team.

    Not a good start for the former sixth-round pick.

25. A Work of Artest

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    This was the perfect case of he said, she said.

    Ron Artest allegedly heard that his coach had gone to the media to discuss his dislike of number of shots Artest was taking.

    Phil Jackson seemed unfazed by the constant tweeting, and the problem resolved itself.

    Artest claimed that his account was hacked, but the Lakers won the title anyway.

24. English Class Is Overrated

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    Not only did star running back Chris Johnson spell Peyton wrong, but he also opened his mouth when it wasn't called for.

    While he did rush for over 2,000 yards that season, the Titans went 8-8, and Manning still threw for 4,700 yards and 33 touchdowns en route to a 14-2 season with the Colts. 

    Don't criticize those veterans who have owned the league for years, because your time will come.

23. Toughness Is in the Eye of the Beholder

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    When Jay Cutler chose to sit out the rest of last year's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter with an injured left knee, the Jaguars' bruising running back Maurice Jones-Drew didn't appreciate it.

    Before the tweet above, Jones-Drew tweeted, "All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one..."

    Hard to disagree.

22. Peter King Needs to Get a Kluwe

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    Everyone in the NFL not on the Giants hated on Matt Dodge after his punt was returned by DeSean Jackson for a touchdown when Dodge should've kicked it out of bounds.

    All but one other player...Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.

    Since only punters can understand the psyche behind the boot, we must appreciate this act of heroism.

    While it may not be regrettable, it could've been kept behind closed doors with sportswriter Peter King, as both participants were known to be true professionals.

21. All in Good Face

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    Chatty cornerback Antonio Cromartie has clearly never had a problem holding back his feelings, but this time he crossed the line.

    After Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck questioned whether Cromartie knew what CBA stood for, the lanky cornerback responded harshly.

    Hasselbeck needs to learn not to anger opposing defenders, especially as he gets older and less mobile.

20. That's Bushly

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    There's a reason the Saints don't need the overrated running back anymore.

    Once seen as the savior of a franchise, Reggie Bush has never had more than 581 yards rushing in a season.

    Tweeting about how great his life is without football doesn't help convince his doubters that he is looking to improve.

    Good luck finding a spot on this team after it just drafted Heisman winner Mark Ingram.

19. Everything Happens for a Reason

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    With the chance to upset the Steelers in overtime this past season, the Bills, led by Ryan Fitzpatrick, drove down the field with fervor.

    A perfectly thrown pass by the ex-Harvard signal caller into the end zone was dropped by consistently reliable rookie wide receiver Stevie Johnson, and the Steelers eventually won the game. 

    He wasn't pleased with the higher power and proclaimed his feelings.

18. The Ultimate Sore Throat Remedy

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    If anyone doubted how weird former NBA guard Stephon Marbury truly was, this cleared things up.

    Told that eating Vaseline helped sore throats, Marbury posted this video on Twitter.

    His followers were less than thrilled and slightly disturbed.

17. Pryor to This Tweet He Was Good

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    When Michigan’s Denard Robinson, Northwestern’s Dan Persa and Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien were voted to the first and second team All-Big Ten quarterback spots by the coaches and media, self-entitled quarterback Terrelle Pryor wasn't pleased.

    Discovering that he wasn’t chosen for any of the honors, Pryor let loose on Twitter.

    Not that we expected anything better from the prima donna.

16. Pocket Change for This Owner

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    He may not be a player, but the owner of the Mavs has always had plenty to say.

    When the refs didn't penalize J.R. Smith for getting off the bench and getting in the face of Antoine Wright near the end of a game with the Nuggets, Mark Cuban wasn't pleased.

    “how do they not call a tech on JR Smith for coming off the bench to taunt our player on the ground ?" he tweeted, later adding, "Scary part of that play: Same crew chief from game in Denver where they missed call – last play of the game & 1st JRSmith/Wright issue."

15. The Human Velociraptor

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    Let me rephrase your question: Why are you not in Jurassic Park?

    Before deciding to head to Miami and help form the newest big three, Chris Bosh didn't know what to do.

    Now that he has reached the Finals with his new team, he clearly has no regrets.

    At the same time, after these tweets it's doubtful he could've gone back to Toronto.

14. Horses Don't Need Steroids

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    While we didn't need to know how you were physically feeling from your precious horseback ride with your daughter and girlfriend, it's a guarantee that all your followers are pleased to hear that you're chapped and bruised.

    At the same time, we don't need constant updates on your body.

13. Free Like a Byrd

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    Former San Diego Chargers wide receiver Demetrius Byrd was cut shortly after this controversial tweet.

    Many believe that he was cut because of the use of "gay" in the tweet, but he denies it.

    The former LSU Tiger is currently a free agent.

    Maybe in the future he'll hold his hilarious comments to himself.

12. Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game

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    While John Clayton may indeed resemble an extraterrestrial organism, Chad Ochocinco needs to resist the temptation to attack.

    Apparently ESPN analysts took every opportunity to attack Ochocinco and his new VH1 dating show, as well as the craigslist ads he sent out to humiliate large women.

    Classy on both ends.

11. Classiness at Its Best

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    A man's lack of class is fully displayed when he criticizes the food he is served.

    While we may be preaching slightly too much, it must be said that most people in the world don't have any food at all.

    Antonio Cromartie was only fined $2,500 for this rude comment, but he deserves to go hungry for taking his fortunes for granted.

10. Vulnerable Running Back

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    Larry Johnson continues to be vulnerable on Twitter.

    Getting into verbal wars with fans is never a good idea, but Johnson takes it to a whole new level.

    Hopefully he isn't scared of controversy because he will be facing plenty more of it with this gay slur.

9. Beastley Depressed

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    Michael Beasley seemingly threatened suicide on his popular Twitter account.

    A cry for attention or a legitimate plea for help?

    Either way, these teams need three times the number of psychologists for each player, because clearly their current situation isn't working.

    We got your back, Beasley.

8. Gang Banging

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    Nuggets guard J.R. Smith deleted his Twitter account after many people began to question whether he had an affiliation with the Bloods.

    Gang members are known for replacing their C's with K's, causing readers of his Twitter account to start asking questions.

    Don't blame Smith for switching it up. These words need more flavor anyway.

7. No Love for Kevin

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    Minnesota Timberwolves rebounding machine Kevin Love was just letting out news that Kevin McHale would not be back as head coach.

    This caused a frenzy, and the media began asking everyone in Minnesota for confirmation.

    Love says he had no idea no one knew.

    He posted another tweet following the controversy:

    "P.S. I am not a breaking news guy...I had no idea no one knew..I’ll tell them I stayed at a holiday inn express last night. Always works....”

6. Laziness at Its Best

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    Not to say we didn't love seeing Michael Beasley's new tattoo, but did he purposely expose numerous bags of marijuana on the table?

    Call it careless or just idiotic, but this act of lunacy led to plenty of controversy.

    Next time clean your room before photographing it.

5. Borderline Inappropriate

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    This was a unique tweet considering several of Courtney Fortson's Arkansas teammates had recently been accused of rape before he ran his mouth.

    He may have been trying to be comical, but the university didn't take kindly to his comment.

    Maybe they need to lighten up the workouts.

4. Fan Appreciation Night

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    Mediocre Wizards forward Andray Blatche decided to challenge a fan to a fight because he was "done with this fake Internet thing."

    Ironic considering he's causing a stir on his Twitter account.

    Would've loved to see that fight.

    They get more classless by the minute.

3. Keep It on the Court

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    People throughout the league weren't thrilled when chatty forward Charlie Villanueva claimed that Kevin Garnett called him a cancer patient.

    Not only had Villanueva gotten in trouble before for tweeting during halftime, but KG allegedly never called him a cancer patient.

    Either way, he needed to keep it on the hardwood.

2. No Way to Mend This Comment

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    Whoa, enough of that.

    Following the killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. government, Rashard Mendenhall felt like speaking out about his inner feelings.

    He may have been trying to look at things from another angle, but the Steelers running back took it a bit too far.

    Already facing the league's hardest hitters, Mendenhall may now have to avoid government harassment as well.

1. And All That Jaz

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    It's hard to read the Oklahoma receiver's tweets without steaming with fury.

    Following an incident where a man walked into the University of Texas library and opened fire before killing himself, Jaz Reynolds decided to write these comments.

    There's really not much to say besides the obvious.

    He's a classless and heartless individual who clearly has no future in the NFL.

    He was suspended indefinitely for this.


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