We can agree that it’s been a big day for sports and Twitter today, can’t we? First, Pistons rookie DaJuan Summers gets into a Twitter follower competition with a porn star, then Nuggets player J.R. Smith gets accused of gang affiliation for, basically, excessive and gratuitous usage of “K” where “C” normally goes in words*. (Does this mean Khloe Kardashian is gang-related?)
This might top it all, though. San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie was the first NFL player to be fined for a “Tweet.” No, he didn’t divulge any “classified” information about injuries or his team’s strategies. He did, however, criticize the catering.
Per the ASSOCIATED PRESS:
The agent for cornerback Antonio Cromartie confirms that the San Diego Chargers have fined his client $2,500 for using Twitter to complain about the food at training camp.
Agent Gary Wichard said Tuesday that he had seen a paraphrased version of the offending tweet, and added that he is a staunch anti-tweeter.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK is on the case and has found the “Tweet” in question ([sic] all over the place, of course):
“Man we have 2 have the most nasty food of any team. Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years the same ish maybe that’s y we can’t we the SB we need.”
Really, that warranted a fine.
Bills LB Kawika Mitchell took the opportunity to unleash righteous fury on the NFL ([sic] again, as it was spread out over multiple Tweets):
Players play this game. They’re tryin to get us to play for free. If we want to complain about some sh!t then let us b. We’re just like any other person workin. If u don’t like somethin I’m sure you’ll complain. Our voice is our rite. It’s bullsh!t that the league is scared of twitter. We have opinions. We sit back and listen to all the bullsh!t media, coaches and fans have to say, so if the chargers food sucks. It sucks. Please! B mad at real sh!t.
Ahem. Uh. Well, if Cromartie’s fine is any indication of how the NFL and its teams take criticism, we expect Mitchell’s punishment to be “head gets sawed off on national TV by an enraged Roger Goodell.” Seriously, the NFL deserved that rant - and that is why Mitchell will be killed messily… and made into food for the Chargers’ training camp.
*No, really, that was the argument.