Posts Tagged ‘Why so serious?’

Steve Johnson is one of the biggest surprises so far this NFL season. He has come out of nowhere to become one of the best receivers in the league. He is amongst the top 12 in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns so far this season, which is very impressive considering his sub-par stats in his first two seasons. He was a seventh-round draft pick in 2008, and has definitely proved that he deserved to be higher.

Steve Johnson has become a fan-favorite all over the country. His amusing touchdown celebration against the Bengals was a very popular highlight, as he mocked Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens and their self-given “Batman” and “Robin” nicknames. But boy did he mess up yesterday.

After dropping a potential game-winning touchdown against the Steelers on Sunday, Steve Johnson tweeted this:

First of all, this is one of the many disadvantages of Twitter. The famous phrase of “Think before you speak” should be transformed and implemented into the Twitter rules page. It should read: “Think before you tweet!”

Steve Johnson sounded very immature here. Posting a message that will be seen by people all over the world, where he seemingly blames God for his dropped pass, is not the best thing to do. I know this all happened out of extreme emotion, as he was probably very upset about what had happened in the game, but come on! Don’t blame God. Blame yourself for not catching a few extra balls after practice. Don’t play the victim.

I feel bad for Steve Johnson, because if this occurred 20 years ago, none of this would have happened. He wouldn’t be able to go into his locker room, grab his fancy phone, log in to Twitter, and tell the world how frustrated he is. Twitter and other social media devices have become so prevalent today, and people are often getting themselves into trouble with actions that seem harmless at the time. Nowadays, athletes check their Twitter or Facebook more often than a high school student checks the clock in their last class. In a nutshell, social media has taken over the world.

Hopefully Johnson and other athletes will learn from this experience. Athletes need to be careful about what they say, because they are the center of attention. Thousands of people will see their tweets, and interpret them whichever way they want to.

Remember guys, think before you tweet!

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