Twitter has proven to be a landmine for plenty of public figures in the past (especially professional athletes). Before social media, organizations were better able to monitor (and to an extent limit) what their employees let slip to the public. But now that nearly everyone has immediate access to a public forum, it’s much more likely that players will broadcast something that sparks controversy.
The latest example of this trend comes to you courtesy of Brendon Ayanbadejo, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. Today, he finds himself at the center of a controversy as he took some time last night to live-tweet the Patriots-Texans game.
And by live-tweet, I mean trash talk.
He began by discussing the Patriots’ offense:
New England does some suspect stuff on offense. Can’t really respect it. Comparable to a cheap shot b4 a fight
Are you watching the game pats vs texans? If so you see the hurry snap offense catch em b4 they set up. It’s a gimmick.
Their offense is good enough to be successful with out that
He then went on to hit the Patriots on a deeper level:
You know the same organization that did spygate and cut a guy the day b4 the Super Bowl
In a sport that is predicated on mano y mano, ” lets hurry up n snap it ” = bitchassness
I can’t imagine that the Ravens organization (especially coach John Harbaugh) is particularly thrilled with Ayanbadejo. And I also can’t imagine that we’ll hear any Twitter response from anyone in the Patriots organization, as they run a notoriously tight ship.
What do you think about athletes trash talking on Twitter? Fair or foul?