This article looks into the positives and negatives of athletes in college sports that have a twitter or Facebook account. There are so many blow outs that come from a tweet or Facebook post that can seriously hurt an athletes reputation and even standing within their school. Multiple players have been suspended or even had their scholarships revoked due to bad social media presence. Being an athlete you have to know that what you put out there will be seen due to the nature of social networking, and if it violates a team or school policy further action will be pursued.
Playing on the RIT hockey team every player is encouraged to have twitter and tweet to promote the games. However, there have been more than a few times where tweets have been requested or demanded to be taken down because of the content. It’s a dangerous slope for some athletes to speak what’s really on their mind, and sometimes their emotions get the best of them. The article gives an example of a recruit losing his scholarship to Michigan based on a sexually motivated tweet. Not so much for college hockey, but basketball and football players throughout the country receive an enormous amount of attention during their school years. ESPN daily has segments highlighting tweets that make the news in good and bad ways. Everyone will see what an athlete puts on their social media platforms, but should it be up to the athlete or the governing body to decide which content in appropriate?