Twitter has changed the way fans can interact with players. That’s cool. It gives the folk who’d normally never have access to their favourite athletes a chance to enter professional locker rooms (even showers), at least electronically.
But it also gives players a whole new avenue to make headlines.
And by “make headlines,” I obviously mean, “get into trouble.”
We’ve been reminded of that over the last few days.
First, Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett — who is easily one of the crudest tweeters in sports — decided to take on an alleged bet by showering live online, via a video website connected to Twitter.
Dockett has apologized for his actions. My eyes have not forgiven him.
And then today, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson made headlines with a pair of simple retweets.
Johnson wants a new contract — everyone knows that. But once you involve Twitter, you’ve started a fire.
Oh, and here’s a link to that useless petition — from iPetitions.com — pushing for a new contract for “CJ2K.”
Something tells me our great-grandparents are looking down on us with an awkward look on their faces, wondering what the hell is going on.