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Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:23 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 1:02 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Phenom outfielder Bryce Harper -- the top prospect for the up-and-coming Nationals -- has decided to delete his Twitter account.

"I was just over it. Got bored and decided to leave," Harper said Wednesday morning (MASNSports.com).

It's hard to tell if he's being totally up front, because it's possible he just got sick of all the hate. Plenty of players in the recent past have deleted accounts due to fan abuse -- Mets catcher Josh Thole comes immediately to mind as one example.

Harper has received some backlash for tweets he's sent, including him openly cheering for the Yankees in the ALDS last season. He also defended his favorite teams (a blatant fair weather variety: Yankees, Duke basketball, USC football, Cowboys and Lakers) recently on Twitter in a few exchanges with fans. Harper himself was polite and came across as not being bothered, but at some point the constant taunts surely gets to be a bit much.

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Earlier this week, manager Davey Johnson mentioned social media use to his ballclub:

"We warned them about Tweeter (sic) and Facebook and all kinds of sites," Johnson said (MASNSports.com). "Nothing's secret anymore. I did point to a couple guys and said, 'Now you listen to this.' I'm (not) mentioning any names, but you know probably who."

Harper told reporters his Twitter account deletion had nothing to do with Johnson's warning, though.

Personally, I don't see any great reason for an athlete to bother with Twitter. Sure, there's plenty of adulation to go around -- if they're really desperate for more of it -- but the general public can be pretty collectively brutal, personal attacks and all. Some of the stuff crosses lines normal people would never even come close to crossing. Not only that, there's the issue of accidentally saying something stupid and getting raked over the coals for that.

It's a total guess, but I can't see how the good can cancel out the bad for an athlete on Twitter.

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Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: May 3, 2012 6:00 pm
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Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:18 pm
 

Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

Stealth, under the radar, falling off the map; nice thought but doubtful Bryce Harper could pull it off. Could it be part of the maturation process? Let's hope so!



Since: May 5, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:58 pm
 

Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

He also defended his favorite teams (a blatant fair weather variety: Yankees, Duke basketball, USC football, Cowboys and Lakers)
he really is the next lebron!



Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

"The Yankees ?   Who Cares , If he doesn't play for the Boston Bruins he is irrelevant just like everybody else on this planet  HaHaHa !!!"

Yes because we all know how popular hockey is, right behind NASCAR.  I would rather watch a three hour mashup of babies being aborted than hockey, and I'm guessing most of America would agree with me.  Have fun watching VS. to get your hockey fix.  You can't even find hockey on a real channel haha. 



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

Any athlete with a brain should know that a Twitter account is a big mistake and just another avenue for the media to over analyze him/her
Therein lies the problem-- any athlete with a brain. We constantly see through the window of social media how difficult it is for many high profile athletes to refrain from saying or doing anything stupid. 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:29 pm
 

Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

Hey Davey imagine if "social media" existed in 1986 when your Mets were doing everything imaginable in the clubhouse, off field ect.  Keep being so strict with golden boy Bryce and he`ll opt outta Washington when he can play pay the free agent slugger.  



Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

This is supposed to be news.  Any athlete with a brain should know that a Twitter account is a big mistake and just another avenue for the media to over analyze him/her. It's a wet dream for the 24/7 news cycle! 



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Bryce Harper deletes Twitter account

The Yankees ?   Who Cares , If he doesn't play for the Boston Bruins he is irrelevant just like everybody else on this planet  HaHaHa !!!


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