SBD/Issue 220/Leagues & Governing Bodies

NFL Working On Policy Regarding Use Of Twitter On Game Days

After Jackson Sprained His Knee In Practice,
Teammate Joked On Twitter About Severity
The NFL "does not have a policy about social media," but league officials are "working on a policy that would apply to the use of social media sites on the day of the game," according to Judy Battista of the N.Y. TIMES. While the league "warns players about the risks of someone impersonating them" on social media sites, coaches "worry that the casual nature of Twitter could inspire the budding bloggers in their locker rooms to inadvertently disclose more than they should about injuries, game plans and what is said behind closed doors." Vikings QB Tavaris Jackson Saturday sprained his knee in practice, but WR Bernard Berrian afterward tweeted that Jackson was "out for the season." Berrian "later said that he was joking." Battista notes a "greater fear for coaches is that a player will mention that he turned his ankle in practice...and that the news media and opponents will quickly read it." No other pro league "guards information as fiercely as the NFL does, making the collision of tweets and tackles particularly intriguing." One team exec, giving "only-slightly-exaggerated" advice, said that players should "not tweet about anything more than what you are eating" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/4). However, PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio sites sources as saying that Chargers CB Antonio Cromartie was fined $2,500 "for complaining on Twitter about the quality of the food at training camp." A source added that Chargers coach Norv Turner "has specifically told the team not to talk about any team matters on Twitter or any other online social media" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 8/4).

King Opts To Refute Vick-Patriots Report 
On Twitter Rather Than On SI.com
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE: SI.com's Peter King wrote it is a "weird media world we're in right now" due to influence of Twitter. King: "My allegiance, obviously, is to SI.com, but I know if I take 10 minutes right now to dictate the item to someone on the news desk, the story will get up in 20 minutes, and we'll probably be too late." King explained multiple reports on Friday claimed that QB Michael Vick worked out for the Patriots, but King learned that was not true. King: "So I decide to throw a couple of Tweets up, the first at 4:59 saying Vick wasn't in Foxboro, and the second that the Pats don't want Vick." ESPN's Adam Schefter at 5:01 also tweeted that Vick "wasn't in New England." King: "It's a crazy media world. Forgive me, Time Warner" (SI.com, 8/3).

TOO MUCH TWEETING? In Denver, Chris Dempsey reports Nuggets G J.R. Smith on his Twitter feed recently posted items "written in a way that is commonly associated with the Bloods street gang," which is "raising questions among fans." Words that "would have a 'C' in them are replaced with 'K,' or if a word has both in them, the 'C' is removed altogether." Smith on his feed posted, "I just Kame home. ... I kouldnt have done it with out yall." Smith and his agent Arn Tellem did not comment on the matter (DENVER POST, 8/4).



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