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.

Men across America can only hope this doesn’t become a trend, unless maybe pro athletes such as Natalie Gulbis, Danica Patrick or Lindsey Vonn decide to follow Dockett’s path.

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 — 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.