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15 Athletes Who Should Be Banned On Social Media

Athletes are infuriating creatures. For individuals who have been given every advantage in 21st Century society they enjoy all the perks of new technology but still stuff up. All the PR advisors, coaches, family and friends in the world can tell them until they’re blue in the face: “Think before you Tweet!” It’s too late to hit ‘delete’ hombre; the screenshot option casts that dumb comment in stone.

As fans we love nothing more than sports stars expressing their opinion, it generates headlines and creates debate to fill the time between matches. But lets get real here - the sports industry is serious business. Anything that is said or done by an employee of your company reflects on you as an organization. Big sponsorship dollars are at stake so it is no longer good enough to plead ignorance on this issue.

If someone from a local business or the softball team down the road said something racist, homophobic, sexiest or just plain stupid, you’d expect them to be called out for it. The Republican nominees tell us the “PC Police” censor’s free speech. What a load of rubbish. In fact, free speech has never been more prevalent, but don’t post ignorant commentary on Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else on the web and think you’ll get a free pass. It works both ways.

We want our athletes to stay connected to fans and a broad ban across the whole industry would be ludicrous. So let’s call out the 15 sports stars that need to have their phones and laptops confiscated, and social media accounts deleted for good. It’s time to go on a banning bonanza!

15 Carmelo Anthony

Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

14 Saido Berahino

via static.guim.co.uk

13 Cardale Jones

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

12 Johnny Manziel

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

11 Ryan Babel

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10 Tyler Seguin

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

9 Chris Johnson

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

8 Damian Lillard

Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

7 Charlie Villanueva

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

6 Reggie Bush

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

5 Mike Wallace

Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

4 Rashard Mendenhall

Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

3 Paraskevi Papachristou

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2 Richie Incognito

Andrew Innerarity-USA TODAY Sports

1 Joey Barton

via the72.co.uk

The word “controversial” was created for people like English soccer player Joey Barton. Combine his horrible attitude with Twitter and you have a cocktail for disaster. Jailbird Joey’s wrap sheet on the social media outlet varies from outbursts against former players to current players, public figures, officials and just members of the general public. He described Newcastle United legend Alan Sharer as “a p****k,” and that “I honestly despise him.” He told Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker an “odious little toad” and gave a serving to David Beckham over one of his underwear advertisements, “Do one, Becks. They cost about 1p to make in a sweat shop in the Third World, Is there no limit to what ‘Brand Beckham’ will endorse for a pound note?” Forgetting the fact Beckham is an UNICEF goodwill ambassador helping impoverished children in poorer communities during his spare time, Barton has called females “pigs” and “prostitutes” while slamming anyone or anything that doesn’t conform to his opinion. Stay classy Joey.

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15 Athletes Who Should Be Banned On Social Media