Arian Foster and the Dark Side of Social Media in Sports

I follow some sports on social media, such as MMA and CrossFit, and it’s a fantastic way to stay up to date in the sporting world. Many organizations post new work outs, helpful tips, information about upcoming events and information about athletes.

Many athletes have their own social media accounts and it’s a great way for them to stay connected with their fans. But for many, such as Arian Foster, athletes want to speak their mind via social media and it causes PR disasters. Recently, he posted about leaving twitter, leaving no reason why. Previously, his humor or disdain towards certain events in the media have gotten him into trouble because of his posts.

However, when you’re expressing yourself 140 characters at a time, it can be pretty easily misunderstood or taken out of context. And almost any time you say somethingonline, there is bound to be someone who finds it to be bothersome and/or offensive.

This quote is the most important, and again is a reminder that users must be aware of what they post and what it can be possibly construed as.

The thing is, this is the Internet age. Once it’s out there, there’s no going back…ever.

And that may be the other reason why Foster decided enough was enough. If you say something stupid, you’re never going to hear the end of it.

If you say something that isn’t stupid, guess what? Someone won’t like it, and you’re never going to hear the end of it.

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2 thoughts on “Arian Foster and the Dark Side of Social Media in Sports

  1. It is unfair that a person in the public eye is scrutinized about anything and everything they do or say, whether its good or bad. These people are unable to speak their mind and instead are expected to cater to what the audience wants to hear. I can’t imagine being under a microscope and having people dissect your every move or word, is a fun way to live life. Sometimes I find myself wishing I were famous, and then its articles like this that make me think twice.

    Jessica Kennedy

  2. In my opinion, one of the problems is how we as fans put athletes on pedestals. Athletes are humans too and need an outlet to connect with fans. This includes Arian Foster, who in my mind was always funny and good for some controversy. The flipside of this, is that the athlete needs to be more aware of what it is that they are tweeting. Arian Foster knows he has 140 characters to communicate an opinion on twitter so maybe he should have made an attempt to proof read the tweet before he hit send. I think it comes down to two things; first we need to stop putting athletes on pedestals, and second we need to accept that some professional athletes are not always that smart. If athletes were reasonably smart as the article suggested, then maybe most wouldn’t have to apologize for their tweets. It’s called proof reading gentlemen!

    Iñaki O.

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