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Bye Bye, Birdie: Florida State Football Coach Bans Players From Twitter

No date has been set for when FSU football players can return to Twitter
Florida State Univ. football coach Jimbo Fisher said that he has "banned the use of Twitter for his players indefinitely," according to Williams & Reeves of WARCHANT.com. While Fisher "didn't identify a specific incident that sparked the ban, tweets earlier this month by sophomore cornerback Tyler Hunter were likely a major factor in the decision." Hunter, quoting lyrics from rapper Lil Boosie, "made reference to a line about killing cops." Fisher said, "Twitter is a privilege. When you represent an organization you have to represent it very well or we don't represent it. When we are responsible enough to deal with it, we'll deal with it (return to Twitter)." Hunter's Twitter account "has since been deleted" and Williams & Reeves noted they "couldn't find any FSU players who have tweeted since July 11." Some players "have still been active on Facebook." Fisher "declined to say how long the Twitter ban will continue but didn't totally close the door on restoring privileges at some point in the future" (WARCHANT.com, 7/17).
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