Social Media Not Always Sociable

Posted Oct 28, 2013

While A-State fans are struggling over the issue of whether it is proper to boo when you think the coaches have made a bad decision and Bama fans debate whether it is proper to leave a game that is a safely won there are bigger issues about the role of fans.

Fans (using the term loosely) have started using social media to attack college players who fail to live up to their expectations and hopes.

Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett after missing two field goals faced the wrath of Tiger fans.

While juco OT Jermaine Eluemunor caught love when he switched his commitment.

There is clearly an element who come unhinged over what is at its core, entertainment, not life, not death.

We’ve all gone to bed in a bad mood after a loss and woke up with it, but there is something seriously wrong when people lose perspective to such a degree that they harass athletes for a bad play or choosing to play for another team. None of these unhinged goofs represent the average fan but they damage the brand of the team the claim to love.

I expect that players will be encouraged more to keep their Facebook and Twitter accounts private to shield them from the adoring mob.

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