Adventures in Twitter -- Arian Foster and Chris Johnson
Last January, Maurice Jones-Drew got himself some unwanted attention (or maybe it was totally wanted; either way, he got attention) when he opined on Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler's removing himself from the NFC title game against the Green Bay Packers with a knee injury.
Pssst...Wanna see a hamstring MRI?
Jones-Drew questioned Cutler's manhood and his toughness and, when given a chance to apologize months later, he refused:
"I knew what I was doing when I tweeted it," Jones-Drew said. "I just didn't know that many people were following me at the time."
To be fair, Jones-Drew was one of several players who lined up to whale away on Cutler, but the point in all of this is simple -- Twitter is a loaded gun and you should only pull the trigger if you're ready to deal with the consequences, which it appears Jones-Drew was.
Must be something in the water in the AFC South with these damn running backs and how they use their Twitter feeds.
By now, I'm sure you've heard the Arian Foster story from over the weekend, but a quick recap, just in case:
After tweaking his hamstring in the first quarter of the preseason game against the 49ers, apparently several of Foster's Twitter followers were highly inquisitive about the status of his injury and, more importantly, how it would affect his status for the opening weekend against the Colts. Apparently, the breakdown of the people asking went something like this:
99.99 percent: Fantasy football owners
0.01 percent: Human beings concerned with another human being's welfare
This led to a frustrated and somewhat chippy Foster tweeting:
"(For) those sincerely concerned, I'm doing ok and plan (to be) back by opening day," Foster wrote on Twitter. "For those worried (about) your fantasy team, (you people) are sick."
After letting his blood simmer to a low boil, Foster met with the media on Monday and clarified that he has no problem with fantasy football, and that his mother even has him on her fantasy football team. Foster handled it well, even in the face of one idiot who told him that if it weren't for fantasy football, "[Foster] would be scrubbing toilets" (which makes no sense).
Now, I'm not sure if Foster was trying to outdo his Twitter performance over the weekend, but today he did just that, tweeting a picture of the MRI of his strained hamstring and tweeting:
You wanted to see Foster's hamstring, admit it.
"This is an MRI of my hamstring," Foster tweeted Wednesday. "The white stuff surrounding the muscle is known in the medical world as anti-awesomeness."
Naturally, the entire free world started to analyze the MRI as if they were doctors, and some people who actually are doctors chimed in as well. ESPN's doctor, Dr. Michael Kaplan, said: "A return to the field would not be expected before three to four weeks," ESPN.com reported. "Premature exertion risks re-tear and longer convalescence." He went on to say that the picture tweeted by Foster shows "considerable muscle damage with bleeding and swelling."
ESPN's John Clayton went so far as to tweet:
"Arian Foster tweeted his hamstring MRI and it sure doesn't look like he's been in the lineup when the season starts. He has a tear."
Foster tried to quell the madness by assuring everyone:
"If I had a "significant injury" why post it?" he said. "I'll be fine, it was just meant to make fun of the whole situation. Humor is lost nowadays."
I'm guessing the Texans probably aren't happy with Foster making the pictures of his injury public, but they should be thankful. His pictures create a much easier mess to clean up than the kind Brett Favre likes to send, which are the working definition of "anti-awesomeness."
Meanwhile, over in Nashville (always more fun to say, "Meanwhile, over in wherever" in the Swamp People narrator voice, by the way), holdout running back Chris Johnson is dealing with a Twitter firestorm of his own. It seems as though a huge faction of his 441,000 Twitter followers find him to be a greedy bastard as he continues to try and get a contract that he feels is commensurate with his elite-level talent.
Johnson, never one to take to that kind of criticism quietly in the social media, was less than enthused (courtesy Associated Press):
Johnson tweeted Wednesday that "fake Titan fans" should shut up. Fans are calling him greedy and saying his contract demands are too high.
Johnson went on to write, "I don't have a regular job so don't compare me to you and I can care less if uthink I'm greedy."
The only thing missing was Johnson dressed in all black hitting Alan Jackson over the head with a chair in front of the Grand Ole Opry.
I'm pretty sure that battle is not going to go well for Johnson. One against 441,000 rarely does.
So Jones-Drew cracking on Cutler, Foster cracking on fantasy geeks (and tweeting out MRI's) and Johnson cracking on Titan fans who think he's greedy. Ah, the AFC South....ah, Twitter!
Your move, Joseph Addai!
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