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Bucks Ban Using Twitter After Villanueva's Halftime Message

Bucks F Villanueva Not Fined For His
Halftime Twittering
The Bucks have banned players using social networking site Twitter "while on company time" after F Charlie Villanueva sent out a message during halftime of Sunday's game against the Celtics, according to Don Walker of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Bucks officials confirmed that Villanueva sent out the following message "to fans and friends alike shortly after the coaches spoke to the team at halftime: 'In da locker room, snuck to post with my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up.'" Villanueva, whose Twitter ID is CV31, after the game sent a follow-up message, stating, "By the way, lets just get the record straight, my halftime twitt had no interference with what goes on regularly during the locker room." Skiles yesterday said, "We made a point to address Charlie and the team that it's nothing we ever want to happen again. We don't want to blow it out of proportion." Skiles added that Villanueva "was not fined" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 3/18). Walker adds that early yesterday, prior to news reports on Villanueva's halftime post, Villanueva had 1,257 "followers," but he now is "closing in on 4,500 followers." Also, while it is "impossible to prove, many believe Villanueva was the first professional athlete to Tweet while he was on the job" (JSONLINE.com, 3/18).

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