The Ten Most Controversial Athlete Tweets
Not all athletes are stupid. In fact, quite a number of them are damn smart and go on to successful careers after they retire from professional sports. But, like most people, athletes can be prone to foot-in-mouth disease on occasion. Take the then-center of the New York Knicks, Patrick Ewing, who during the 1998 NBA lockout that wiped out nearly half a season said so eloquently, ""Sure, we make a lot of money, but we spend a lot, too." Well, said, Patrick.
Better stay off Twitter then, Chad.
In the intervening years since Ewing's gaffe, technology has given all of us new and interesting ways to communicate with each other. In the past, all athletes and their teams had to worry about were cameras or tape recorders catching a player in a verbal misstep and idle gossip among fans and tabloids. Today, they have Twitter.
For those of us who enjoy watching people say really stupid stuff, the Twitter-athlete combo has been nearly as entertaining as the games they play, or at least an episode of Real Housewives. Below are ten of our favorite and most controversial athlete Tweets. Enjoy.
10. Chad Ochocinco
It's hard not to like Chad
Johnson Ochocinco. Whether he is entertaining fans with elaborate end zone displays or literally changing his name to match his number, the New England Patriot wide receiver is always doing something interesting. Back in August 2010, he Tweeted during a preseason game (he has also Tweeted during team meetings) and the NFL hit him with a $25,000 fine. The funniest part was the apology, which, naturally, he posted on Twitter.
9. Brian Ching
There are certain no-no's in sports, like fathering more children than Shawn Kemp or calling out the referees. Houston Dynamo star Brian Ching was watching his MLS teammates on TV in 2009 (he was playing with the U.S. team at the time) when he did the latter. Apparently, his anger over a blown call caused him to call the ref a "cheat." The errant Tweet cost him $5k in fines.