I’m beginning to see why more and more pro sports teams are considering banning their athletes from using Twitter. Chad Ochocinco and ESPN analyst Mark Schlereth got into a Twitter wrestling match on Monday, the results of which were pretty amusing. And while Schlereth roughly came off in the exchange like a drunk emailing his ex-girlfriend, Ocho got the worst of it, even facing a mutiny by his own Twitter followers.
It all began when Ochocinco sent out a Tweet to his peeps on the Plaxico Burress indictment: “Twitter family please pray for my dude Plaxico Burress, indicted on all counts after injuring himself, huh, grand jury my a$$!!!!” Then the fun began, as Ocho’s readers didn’t exactly agree with him. So Ocho responded thusly:
Every person that sends a negative comment to my phone about his situation will be blocked!!! Straight up, he made a f ing mistake!!!!!!!!
But that didn’t work either. So Ocho writes:
Damn to many to block, nevermind, yall harsh as hell, I thought this was a Twitter family damit, we all make mistakes,love yall anyway!peace
That’s when Schlereth, a lineman who played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Redskins and Broncos and is now an ESPN football analyst, jumped in.
PRO FOOTBALL TALK has a pretty complete transcript:
SCHLERETH: “Way to stand firm for your boy, oh wait never mind!”
OCHOCINCO: “Mark, where you been, stop killing me on TV or I’ll be going to jail for assault, oh wait never mind, child please!!!!!!”
SCHLERETH: “Dude that was funny, you have to admit. Show me the Chad that loves the game more than the fame and I will be effusive in my praise for your skill and effort.”
OCHOCINCO: “You ain’t gonna find out behind that desk, you don’t know me, you only know what you see on TV just like everyone else. . . .
OCHOCINCO: “Fame? Fame comes when you winning games, last time I checked we weren’t to damn good, but!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “
OCHOCINCO: “You don’t even care about me or my team so why even waste my time or here, I will not fail or lose this year!!!!! Straight up.”
SCHLERETH: “Chad, I hope you’re correct. I hope you win. You are correct I don’t know you and you don’t know me yet you call me a hater.”
SCHLERETH: “Understand I don’t dislike you, I do however dislike some of your actions. This game is the ultimate team game, it takes unity to win championships something I do know about.
SCHLERETH: “If you’re willing to humble yourself for your team you will be exalted.”
SCHLERETH: “In theory it sounds easy, in practice it’s extremely hard. 53 that care more about each other than themselves can’t lose.”
SCHLERETH: “Nothing would be better for me to see you grasp that concept and lead your team to greatness. I would be the captian of your bandwagon! I would lead the charge!
And then Schlereth pulls off the rare, rarely seen in the wild three-part Tweet:
@OGOchoCinco have you ever loved the game and the men you play with so much that your willing to check yourself out of the hospital the
@OGOchoCinco morning after surgery and dirve yourself to the stadium and line up with your team. See I have and that’s what give me
@OGOchoCinco authority to call out anyone who is putting themself above the team! I wish you health, happiness, and success!
Anyway, Schlereth’s Twitter feed seems to be back to normal today:
“Mowing my lawn then I’m going to put soap shavings down where he bunnies like to feed. I’ll keep you posted.”