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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Why UGA (and all major colleges) should require all athletes to get off twitter, facebook, etc...

http://www.dawgsports.com/2011/5/13/2169144/anybody-wanna-do-a-3-page-essay-on-the-importance-of-community#comments

See what Swann said, or Stafford's pics, or countless other social media related screw ups by athletes. Get them off, all of them, or else they run. Mark Fox made a mistake the other day, and he will regret it if he doesn't revert to the banning. There is nothing good that can come from those athletes being on these sites, only trouble.

4 comments:

  1. My 17-year-old high school junior says this kind of thing is not out of the ordinary for kids his age. Not really seeking someone to write a paper, but rather a way of bemoaning the fact they have to write one.

    It is true, high profile athletes should be more selective in what they post on Facebook, Twitter, etc., but we should also remember they're still kids.

    College kids, generally, need to be more aware of what they are posting. Graduate and professional school admissions offices do check them out. So do potential employers.

    The true issue, therefore, is not an athlete-specific problem.

    Back in the dark ages when I was at UGA, well before the AIDS epidemic, the health center offered avoid-venearal-disease-by-using-condums awareness and someone did gay-acceptance sessions in dorms.

    Career Services or some similar department could do Facebook awareness training in the dorms. It would be helpful to all students, not just athletes.

    Athletes, in order to play at the collegate level, have to give up a bunch of things that are part of college fun. At least they're expected to give up those things.

    I would hate to add to the long list of normal college-age things atheletes are specifically proscribed from doing. It creates yet another team rule for them to violate.

    Besides, I've seen much more damning things posted by adults than what a few college athletes do.

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  2. No, it's not an athlete-specific problem, but athletes are more public figures and have more significant ramifications than most. For one, they shouldn't post anything they wouldn't want their mother to see, and the AJC and other local media will be harsher than their mamas could ever dream.

    With a local media loving to pick every little thing to pieces, and construe stories out of nothing to fill space (Jordan Love's middle name bs?), why give them potential ammo? Just cut it off at the source.

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  3. And anonymous,
    you should check Swann's overall postings on that thing. He's ripe for a problem from the looks of things.

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  4. More significant ramifications?

    More immediate, maybe. But more significant?

    Getting bumped from med school or law school because something really stupid you posted seems pretty significant to me. Or from a job.

    That kind of thing happens. Every day.

    I'm really not trying to pick an argument. I know it seems that way.

    I agree wholeheartedly that athletes (and anyone else for that matter) shouldn't post what they'd be embaressed to have their mothers see. And that the AJC and some idiot bloggers there would take full advantage of a football player's making a fool of himself online.

    But I think there's room for personal responsibility. Thinking about what you post online before you post it, athlete or not, is a useful lifetime skill.

    Proscribing athletes' postings is really treating them like children.

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