Blog Post #3: Athletes On Social Media
Cardale Jones who plays quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, wrote that tweet posted in the image above. He wrote "Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain't come to play school, classes are POINTLESS." Well I hope he's gone to enough school to not say "ain't" anymore. Jones was suspended a game for posting that, which could have very much been avoided. He could have been in trouble for more. What if the school decided they didn't want to keep him on scholarship since he doesn't appreciate "school." They could have kicked him off the football team and out of school.
Someone who hits close to home literally, is University of Colorado cornerback Yuri Wright, who posted many vulgar and inappropriate tweets while he was in high school in New Jersey. It cost him many scholarship offers from top schools, but luckily, Colorado was one of the only schools that decided to uphold his scholarship. I'm sure he's careful with Twitter now, if he hasn't deleted his account already.
It's the same thing for the working class citizen. Don't put anything on social media that you wouldn't want your boss to see. For athletes, many of them are put on a microscope with lots of critics waiting for them to slip up so that they can be criticized on a national platform. University of Indiana athletic director Jeremy Gray referred to student athletes as having a "four year job interview" while at Indiana. He believes many athletes are judged by their actions after they graduate, and social media can be one of those deciding factors that can break a future for an athlete. Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter doesn't even allow his players to be on Twitter during the season. A single re-tweet from a player during the season, can cost a suspension.
Athletes have the tools to be able to use social media in a positive light. Some athletes like to post when their game times are so that friends and family members can stay connected and up to date on when they are playing. If these athletes can just be smart about what they post, they could use it to their advantage.
By James Carnes, posted on sportsmediamadness.sportsblog.com