How many times is this going to happen before these guys learn their lesson?
Social media has been a prevalent part of the sporting world for nearly a decade now and yet it seems that despite all the missteps and careless opining by mega-stars and prominent sport figures over the years, today's generation of athletes still doesn't get it.
Whether it's commenting on current events, dropping an inadvertent racial slur or just saying something flat out stupid, certain athletes have never learned the lesson and find themselves in a hole 140 characters deep. Twitter is a dangerous place for the average person, so imagine the ramifications that come from a poorly crafted Tweet sent out by an athlete with hundreds of thousands of people (if not millions).
The outcry from fans is far from the problem. A lot of athletes have to worry about their partnerships, whether it's with their teams, sponsors, or anyone closely associated to them. A dumb Tweet can not only make an athlete look like a fool - it can blow up their entire operation. An athlete can lose a lot more than the respect of society when it comes to these kinds of things, the most notable and obvious one being money.
Despite the training sessions from PR departments, specialized communications firms running athlete's accounts, or general awareness to the dangers of social media, athletes have still not learned, and based on history - they likely never will.
Over the years they've tried to hide behind hackers or cover up the mistake by deleting Tweets as quickly as possible - usually to no avail. Once the Internet gets the hold of something, it belongs to the Internet. And it never forgets.
15 Johnny Manziel
14 Troy Aikman
13 DeSean Jackson
12 Dion Lewis
11 Davone Bess
Davone Bess' story is more of a sad one than anything else. His struggles with addiction and drugs were well-documented throughout his NFL career, but at times it was his own foolishness that got him in trouble.
10 Carmelo Anthony
9 Stephanie Rice
8 LeSean McCoy
7 Damian Lillard
6 Jabar Gaffney
5 Tyler Seguin
4 Michael Beasley
3 Mike Wallace
2 Cardale Jones
1 Rashard Mendenhall
Rashard Mendenhall takes the cake for simply touching on the wrong aspect of a topic at the wrong time. It's bad enough to start Tweeting about 9/11 (and doing so in a negative light). It's another thing entirely to shoot down a country celebrating what was essentially "justice" for the attacks on New York in 2001, attacks that nearly tore a nation apart, and definitely ruined countless lives. Mendenhall, whether he meant to or not, comes off as defending the deceased Osama Bin Laden, while also questioning the events of 9/11 at perhaps the worst possible time anyone could have done so.
Suffice to say that Tweet didn't stay online for very long.
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