Twitter-Abuse Among Athletes Becoming All Too Prevalent

For the second time in the past few months, Walter Jones has announced his retirement. Via Twitter. And we don’t know if he’s telling the truth or not.

Why Jones would choose to announce that he has “come to the concussion it is time for me to retire from football” through an informal website is beyond me. The fact that a correction was posted a half hour later, replacing “concussion” with “conclusion” just goes to show how lame-o this whole Tweeting situation is becoming.

There are some guys out there who use Twitter to everyone’s advantage. Like Chad Ochocinco, for instance, who has, at various points in time, turned his account into a giveaway hotline or a source of neverending entertainment.

When he isn’t buying strangers movie tickets and handing them out through his account, Ochocinco can found dropping TwitPics such as this one, which was taken on Saturday from Miami.

You might not always agree with what Johnson tweets, but more often than not you’ll find yourself laughing, smirking, or smiling at his wit…brought to you in 140 characters or less, naturally.

Unfortunately for us, for every Ochocinco there are a handful of athletes who aren’t nearly as humorous, charitable, or entertaining.

Like Tony Wroten, Jr., for example, the Garfield High School junior who is among the nation’s top basketball recruits and happens to be a native Seattleite.

Though only 16 years of age, Wroten has managed to make a mockery of his situation by more or less abusing Twitter for personal gain.

As a highly touted prospect of sorts, Wroten often tweets his “Top Five” colleges of choice, a nod towards the many suitors who pursue the shooting guard’s services in academia, aka the basketball court. And even though one would expect his preferences to change from time to time, Wroten’s lists (which often include the University of Washington) are more or less manic, being altered to the the point that you have to figure that either a) this kid is crazy or b) he’s messing with everybody so they’ll pay attention to him. Either way, it’s hard to appreciate where this kid’s head is at.

The fact is, whether you like it or not, Twitter has become iconic to the point of working its way into our everyday lives, tweet by tweet. And most of us know that, and understand the ramifications surrounding a 140-character message that can be consumed by millions almost instantaneously.

But for every sane person out there that treats Twitter like the loaded weapon it is, there are those of us that can’t quite grasp the power behind our particular arrangement of letters, numbers, and symbols.

Like Jones, for instance, who may or may not truly be done with football. Whether he is or isn’t calling it quits, don’t you think it’s better to inform your employer of your career decisions first before telling the world? You know, the ones writing your seven-figure checks for the past 13 years?

I don’t know, maybe I’m way off-base here, but with so much invalidity being perpetuated through the likes of Twitter, it’s hard to believe anyone anymore. Especially athletes.

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