Football Players Social Media Blunders
Written by Caleb Craig
Social media is an amazing way to connect with people or get the word out on news (like on our instagram @hotshots_sports). But just as some players don't know how to control themselves on the field, some don't know how to on social media. Following is a list of players who tarnished their names from idiotic internet behavior.
1. New Orleans Saints WR- Michael Thomas
Screenshot Via Brendan Tobin
Thomas’s childish clap back came when Miami Dolphins WR Devante Parker said it was tougher to make a catch while being guarded by Stephon Gilmore than to break up a pass while guarding Michael Thomas... Look, Thomas will continue to be a top 5 talent at the position, but this man can not help but be idiotic on social media.
2. Free Agent WR- Antonio Brown
Photo Via Bleacher Report
This is the moment that started it all for Brown- well one of the moments. After Vontaze Burfict's bone-rattling hit in the 2016 wild card game, Brown had begun to act in a very different manner. Proof of this is a list of his career incidents:
Immediately take notice of the dates. Only one is before the 2016 wild card game. When Antonio Brown tried to hurdle Browns punter Spencer Lanning but did not clear his head, kicking him to the ground 300 style. As a Steelers fan, it hurts me to say that Brown was likely a team cancer all along, but the organization kept that flying under the radar. But after all these events it's clear why he is out of the league at the moment and quite possibly forever.
3. Ex Florida State DB - Tyler Hunter
Sorry, this one doesn't get an image as these tweets are rather sensitive. Tyler Hunter was the 28th best Safety in the class of 2011. He signed to FSU despite Karlos Williams (the classes #1 safety the same year) signing. Tyler Hunter played 11 games in his freshman year, mostly playing special teams with an occasional late-game appearance at safety. In the months leading up to Hunter’s sophomore season he very recklessly tweeted about wanting to kill cops. Jimbo Fisher would allow Hunter to play all 14 games, however, he banned his players from using twitter in 2012. Hunter would end up being a very productive safety later on in his college career sadly never making an NFL roster- likely because of this incident.
Ultimately, it seems like players don’t have the best of luck when it comes to social media. When it comes to these three players, they may be remembered for their childish remarks at other players or getting a whole team ban from twitter and not their superstar talent. But only time will tell.