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Should Steelers ban players from social media?

Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:26 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 2:51 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

In the wake of Rashard Mendenhall's cringe-worthy Osama Bin Laden moment on Twitter, there's probably a contingent of people who think that the Mendenhall should probably run anything he's firing out onto the Internet by someone in the PR department.

Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times wants to take things a step further, though, and have the Steelers keep everyone on the team off of social media.

"When the NFL labor dispute ends, the Steelers should: Bar players from social networking," Madden wrote on Sunday. "No Twitter, no Facebook, nothing of the sort. No tangible good can come from it. Only stupidity."

Madden also wrote that the Steelers should "order Mendenhall to apologize."

Though I'm not sure what Mendenhall should apologize for -- "My bad for having an opinion, exercising my First Amendment rights and then not apologizing enough in my original apology, you guys!" -- it's the first point that bothers me more.

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As I said last week, Twitter doesn't make people do stupid things -- people make people do stupid things. If someone wants to say something dumb, they can do it in a press conference, they can do it the radio, they can do it on a blog or they could take the time to actually scrawl it out in crayon on a sidewalk.

There's no shortage of mediums for people to get across whatever message they want to get across. Do Twitter and Facebook offer a more easily accessible venue? Sure they do. It's why they're popular.

But this isn't some evil Internet message board, created by trolls and maintained by pantsless bloggers, and hellbent on bringing down society.

It's a modern-day form of communication, and just because a few bad apples aren't mature enough to figure out that saying something stupid on Twitter or Facebook will get your message sent around the world almost as fast as you can post it, then that's a bigger reflection of an individual's own problem with self-control than it is a reflection of "all social media is evil."

Social media, in today's world, is part of an overall brand reflection -- if you can't be smart enough to leverage that, then there are bigger issues at hand than players owning Twitter accounts.

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Since: Apr 25, 2011
Posted on: May 10, 2011 11:36 am
 

Should Steelers ban players from social media?

I dont know if every player should be banned from social networks. Although it should be considered. I cant believe these athletes that blog about some of the dumbest crap they could write about. Never talk about politics, religion, drugs,your sex life, or any other topic that everyone knows is going to be harshly criticized. Its beyond me how or why they would write about crap like that. Everyone knows the 1st admendment was thrown out the window a long time ago. Especially now that everyone can read what is on your mind. The loudest person in the room is the weakest person in the room....



Since: Sep 12, 2009
Posted on: May 10, 2011 10:21 am
 

Should Steelers ban players from social media?

Seriously? Is that something we want to do? I'm reminded of the saying "It is better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt." I would much rather that these pillars of the community go ahead and let me know where they stand. Then I can be happy he's on my favorite team or count the days 'til they get rid of him.

The 1st Amendment protects free speech. Social networking sites have just provided a larger audience. If you don't like what he has to say, unsubscribe. Simple.

"The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the (governing body) of its obligation to tolerate speech." Justice Anthony Kennedy




Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: May 10, 2011 6:57 am
 

Should Steelers ban players from social media?

To ban Steelers players or any other players from social networking on their own time, seems pretty severe to me. You are asking the Steelers management to control something they have no control over...what a player does in his free time, no matter how stupid. Rashard Mendenhall, although I strongly disagree with his statements, has every right to speak out on Twitter, talk radio or as yo say on the sidewalk if he so desires.

We make a very big deal about what a player tweets, what a player says at a party, or what a player does outside of football. They are in the spotlight, and if they are irresponsible, it's up to the NFL to take disciplinary action if warranted. If the team wants to do something about it, they can suspend him or discipline him as part of the Steelers team. What more do you want?

Players do have some rights, and even the ones who say dumb things, can...it's America. Frankly, I don't care about what some football player says because in this country, we have far more miportant things to deal with, like jobs, the defecit and our foreign policy. Mendenhall isn't even a blip on the radar and the only reason he is, would be the media over reacting to a tweet.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:56 pm
 

Should Steelers ban players from social media?




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:52 pm
 

Should Steelers ban players from social media?




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Should Steelers ban players from social media?



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