It used to take at least three acts to write with impact about the American legal system — see “Inherit the Wind,” or “Twelve Angry Men.” Now, Roddy White can do that in less time than it takes to make out his grocery list.
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THE TWITTER HALL OF SHAME
- Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou and Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella, expelled in 2012 from their Olympic teams for tweets offensive to Africans and Koreans, respectively.
- Buffalo Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, blaming God for a dropped pass in overtime in 2010: “I praise you 24/7!!! And this is how you do me!!! You expect me to learn from this???How???!!! I’ll never forget this!!!”
- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall, wondering about the reaction to Osama bin Laden’s death: “… it’s amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We’ve only heard one side.” He further questioned the cause of the collapse of New York’s World Trade Center towers: “We’ll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style.”
- Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones last fall, decrying the need for student-athletes to actually attend class: “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL? We ain’t come to play SCHOOL. Classes are POINTLESS.”
- Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel on his love for his surroundings: “(Expletive) like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave College Station. Whenever that may be.”
- Baylor basketball star Brittney Griner, not for the message but rather for the timing, tweeting at halftime of a second-round NCAA game last season: “Need two more dunks on home court for the best crowd ever!”
- Roddy White of the Falcons, either for his tweet suggesting the Zimmerman jurors “should go home tonight and kill themselves,” or for suggesting that Penn State remain mum on the Jerry Sandusky child-molestation case: “A lot of stuff get swept under the rug at university’s, don’t understand why penn state had to tell the media we got a coach rapping kids.”
TWEETERS WITH PERSONALITY
Clemson professor Jimmy Sanderson follows more than 600 athletes on Twitter as part of his research into the relationship between sports and social media. Here are a few of his favorites:
Logan Morrison of the Miami Marlins: “Hilarious and very relatable.”
Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder: “He engages fans.”
Mark Wohlers, former Braves closer: “I grew up a Braves fan, and he is very active on Twitter. He will follow almost anyone who follows him.”
Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors: “He’s very positive with it.”
Dale Murphy, former Braves outfielder: “A very good follow; it’s fun to see him in that kind of light.”
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds second baseman and Redan High graduate: “Not many athletes interact more. One kid asked him to come to his Little League game, so he showed up.”