by Rob Lober
Maybe it’s because I’m 29 going on 75, but I just don’t get it. I don’t understand Twitter.
Lately, I’ve been left scratching my head when it comes to the use of this social media tool by professional athletes. I know, you’re famous so obviously everyone wants to follow you and read what you have to say about even the most mundane details of your life. Thanks, I’ll pass.
More and more, athletes are using Twitter not only to let us know what they had for lunch, but to defend themselves against what they see as attacks from the media.
Last week, newly crowned US Open champion Rory McIlroy was playing in the second round of the Irish Open. McIlroy was struggling and in the mind of BBC commentator Jay Townsend, he was also making some poor decisions.
On the air, Townsend said, “McIlroy’s course management was shocking. It was some of the worst course management I have ever seen beyond under-10’s boys’ golf competition.”
McIlroy quickly responded via twitter, “shut up – You’re a commentator and a failed golfer, your opinion means nothing!”
Back in May, rumors were running wild about the Lakers interest in NBA All-Star Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. Writers for the Orlando Sentinel covered the story and published a series of articles on Howard’s future with the Magic. The big man took offense, also voicing his displeasure via twitter. Continue reading When Did Pro Athletes Get So Thin-Skinned?