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  • 10/04/2010, 03:21AM ET

Active professional athletes from the 4 major sports should not be allowed to have a Twitter.

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As many of you know, Twitter allows people to follow others and what they are doing with their lives. In this case, it allows fans of professional athletes to follow certain players and what they are doing. We have seen many cases where an athletes' tweets have caused them to get in hot water.

We have all have read tweets from athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL. While some are normal and comical, other athletes simply do not know what word choice is and consquently cause embarrassment to themselves and their team.


The majority of the athletes of which you speak are U.S. Citizens. Thus:

U.S. Constitution - Amendment 1 - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Athletes have freedom of speech and their ability to exercise that right should not be prohibited by not allowing them to have Twitter accounts.

Athletes are free to say what they want The majority of the athletes of which you speak are U.S. Citizens. Thus:

U.S. Constitution - Amendment 1 - Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Athletes have freedom of speech and their ability to exercise that right should not be prohibited by not allowing them to have Twitter accounts.

Athletes are free to say what they want ??? no matter how stupid it makes them look.

I agree with each league's rules about assessing fines for criticizing referees, etc. However, those rules are not meant to negate an athlete's FREEDOM OF SPEECH.

Sports have become a fabric of our American culture. Prohibiting athletes from having a Twitter account is un-American and violates to the U.S. Constitution.


Forfeited Turn


Too bad that you failed to make a second argument. This was shaping up to be interesting argument and the comments below were also interesting.

Maybe if you had linked your TDs to your Twitter account - you would have received a reminder that it was time for your second argument - I am not even sure if that is possible.

But then why should you be allowed to have a Twitter account and athletes not be able to?

The answer is simple, we should all be ALLOWED to have Twitter accounts, and be subject to the penalties that come with making stupid comments.


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October 4, 2010  03:22 AM ET

300 comments in 3,2, 1...

October 4, 2010  02:30 PM ET

Ban Tweets.

October 4, 2010  03:29 PM ET

Violates the Constitution? Good Lord.

This isn't a "Freedom of Speech" speech issue at all.

Employers (league and/or team) in addition to sponsors can have behavior clauses in their contracts (in some cases, these must be collectively bargained with the union before going into effect).

"Freedom of speech" in the First Amendment of the Constitution applies to not censoring the American public and/or media from speaking out against it's own government.

October 4, 2010  04:12 PM ET

Anyone see my dog?

October 4, 2010  04:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Violates the Constitution? Good Lord. This isn't a "Freedom of Speech" speech issue at all.Employers (league and/or team) in addition to sponsors can have behavior clauses in their contracts (in some cases, these must be collectively bargained with the union before going into effect)."Freedom of speech" in the First Amendment of the Constitution applies to not censoring the American public and/or media from speaking out against it's own government.

Truth.

October 4, 2010  07:06 PM ET

Twitter is worth it so LeBron James could make the 'keeping a list of everybody whose criticizing me' comment.... and Charles Barkley asking to be put on the list if he wasnt on it already.

October 4, 2010  07:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Twitter is worth it so LeBron James could make the 'keeping a list of everybody whose criticizing me' comment.... and Charles Barkley asking to be put on the list if he wasnt on it already.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMujqWwBqDk&feature=watch_response

October 4, 2010  08:33 PM ET
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300 comments in 3,2, 1...

DUDE....IT IS CALLED THE FIRST AMENDMENT
dont screw with it

October 5, 2010  12:57 AM ET

It seems that people have a real knack for taking the Constitution out of context. True, our government's leading document is unique in that it is very elastic and can transform to fit the people's needs and incorporate different things, but citing everything under "Freedom of Speech" is like blaming missing cookies on the fat girl: it's an easy excuse. Freedom of Speech doesn't mean you get to go around and say whatever whenever just because you have the Constitutional right. Speech can be hindered by ethical and social restraints no matter whether you have the natural right to speak your mind. With something as trivial as Twitter, who cares?! Making that a constitutional right is ridiculous and a seemingly gross misinterpretation of America's framework. Freedom of Speech is more applicable to political activism and editorial freedom, the goals that the founders hoped to undo oppression with. The goal of the First Amendment was not to open the public forum for trash talking an opposing team, complaining about a situation, or throwing around trade rumors. Just sayin.

October 5, 2010  01:01 AM ET

they have the same right to post vulgar stuff, as any other american does. only difference between them and us, is they get paid more.

October 5, 2010  01:32 PM ET

Voting right due to the forfeit.

October 5, 2010  02:36 PM ET

I LIKE **** SEX WITH GOATS

the best tweet ever

October 5, 2010  09:40 PM ET

Freedom of forfeiting turns.

 
October 6, 2010  09:58 AM ET

right, right?

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