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  • 09/01/2011, 12:15PM ET

Should Professional Athletes Have a Limitation on Social Networking (Twitter)?

bspike47 (0-5-0) vs harrisplz (20-10-1)
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As you may or may not know, Houston Texans RB Arian Foster posted a picture on Twitter of the MRI results of his hamstring. This picture has sparked many theories on why there should be and why their is not an NFL, or team for that matter, policy against it.

I say NO.

By the way - before I start, I will be mainly talking about NFL players because this is what the incident involves. When I say NFL players, it is also referring to all professional athletes.

When I first heard about this, I thought to myself, "Yes, this was not smart, but it was his decision to put the MRI results up on Twitter." I think that NFL players should have a freedom of speech. If he wants to post his social security number, he should be allowed to. He should be persuaded by the league not to, and should have enough knowledge not to, but can if he desires.

If the league (NFL) limits players on what they can and can not post, it is somewhat invading their personal life.

The bottom line is that any professional athlete should have the ability to post whatever they want and there is no way that they should be limited.


While I see your point about the player's rights to have freedom over what they post on Twitter, it makes absolutely no sense to say that there should be no restrictions.

Although you make it sound like the NFL is being invasive and nosy, the NFL is simply trying to prevent players from releasing information that may be harmful to the players' respective teams, or the game at hand.

Arian Foster's release of his MRI would be okay as long as HIS TEAM said so. Was that the case? I don't know. But there clearly has to be a regulation that demands players to seek affirmation when it comes to releasing potentially "useful" information to other teams.

And the NFL does make an attempt to give players freedom; they only restrict the use of Twitter shortly before and after games. So its not like the NFL is out to create social moles out of players. They actually EMBRACE the use of Twitter.

And imagine the chaos it would bring if players were tweeting about each play-by-play during the game! That would be horrific.

The most important thing is that there NEEDS to be regulations in order to maintain professionalism and team privacy.


I think that there should be the only limitation before games, only because it, like you said, it could release harmful information which could affect the game.

That being said, players should not be that foolish to release information, which is where my part comes in. The NFL should not need to limit players on when and when they can not Tweet - the players should have enough common sense to know.

Twitter is great for both the players and fans. But, it can also be overused and abused by posting things that are too personal, or too much information regarding the team. As an example, a player can post if the QB is going to play, even though it was supposed to be a game time decision. As another example, the player could post a picture of him during his free time, maybe excessively drunk, etc. This could have been easily prevented, and the player would probably have been suspended or fined by the team and/or league.

It is almost as if the NFL is "babying" the players too much, holding their hands too much - that is why I think that there should be no limitations at all on Twitter.


Woah Woah Woah...

Your TD statement was that players "in no way should be limited."

....Then you just stated yourself that there should be limitations in your counter argument...


And after reading your argument, I almost feel like your arguing FOR ME.

-Yes players should not be able to release foolish information
-Yes there should be limitations before and after games.
-Yes Twitter is great

Honestly, I was hoping for more out of this TD... kinda got ruined after your counter... lame.




As for your second paragraph... that's why we have the rules... because players are not responsible enough to keep their mouths shut.


The limitation that the players already have will not change, that is why I am saying that it is smart. I am talking about possible future rules that will be made.

Like I said in my first argument, the players should have the right to say or post whatever they want but, when signing contracts they should be strongly persuaded not to say or post certain things that are too personal.

If I was arguing for you then I would have said YES. I am stating about the things that can and will happen in the future from both sides of the argument.





If the players have no limitations, their common sense should, and probably already has, kicked in and they should know what and what not to post and when and when not to post.


Your argument is all over the place.. something about contracts and something about players having wit?

And you might want to stop changing the TD topic 2/3 of the way through it.

The TD that you proposed was whether there should be ANY limitations or restrictions on the use of Twitter.

Clearly, as stated by both me AND YOU, there are obvious reasons as to why we should. But for the sake of organization, I will clearly state what both YOU AND I have concluded to be reasons for limitations put on the use of Twitter:

-players are not smart enough to keep private team/individual information to themselves. Perfect example is your Arian Foster example... I'm going right for the sweet spot if I'm the opposing team.

-the griping of players during games would be insane and horrible for the game




You seem to emphasize the fact that players SHOULD be sensible enough to keep their mouths shut. Obviously, that's not the case...various players in the league have already been noticed for saying stupid things on Twitter.

Players SHOULD be smarter, but they just aren't.

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September 1, 2011  01:08 PM ET

I agree with left's first argument, but I would throw in that the coach should also have the option of punishing a player if he posts content that should not be made public. The league shouldn't be able to punish the player, but I think theoretically it makes great sense for the coach to make the player do extra conditioning or extra pushups or something unpleasant. Of course the coach wouldn't want to pick a punishment that could aggravate an injury, so maybe its not a practical way of punishing a player. I don't think they should take the players money though.

September 1, 2011  01:51 PM ET

Limitations - NO! A filter - YES!!!

September 1, 2011  02:10 PM ET

I like this topic!

September 1, 2011  02:40 PM ET

I love this topic. Maybe they shouldn't be able to use it during the season.

September 1, 2011  02:46 PM ET
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I love this topic. Maybe they shouldn't be able to use it during the season.

You signed a contract. If what you're posting is detrimental to your team, I can see the company taking action.

September 1, 2011  04:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Easy win attempt, much?

I don't think so. There's a really good argument for why there should be limitations.

Great topic.

September 1, 2011  04:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

You signed a contract. If what you're posting is detrimental to your team, I can see the company taking action.

how is posting a pic of your MRI detrimental? I gotta hear this one?

September 1, 2011  04:47 PM ET

are you going to post an argument?

September 1, 2011  05:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

how is posting a pic of your MRI detrimental? I gotta hear this one?

Think about it.

September 1, 2011  05:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

how is posting a pic of your MRI detrimental? I gotta hear this one?

The team should be the only one releasing injury results. If your opponents don't know whether a player will or won't be playing affects how they prepare for the game. That's why you hear so often "it's a game time decision". What's next, Tweeting what plays you'll be running?

September 1, 2011  11:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The team should be the only one releasing injury results. If your opponents don't know whether a player will or won't be playing affects how they prepare for the game. That's why you hear so often "it's a game time decision". What's next, Tweeting what plays you'll be running?

I know Peyton Manning doesn't even know what play he is running until he is at the line.

September 1, 2011  11:56 PM ET

Sorry really wanted to argue this one but I just won't have the time.

September 2, 2011  12:39 AM ET

I think they should def have limitations.

If not I don't think they should be able to post things so personal that could have to give an advantage to another team . Just seeing an MRI you can tell how long you will be out.

Anyways why would you post something that personal on twitter? Do you love your fans that much that you need to show them everything that's going on?!?!

September 2, 2011  12:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The team should be the only one releasing injury results. If your opponents don't know whether a player will or won't be playing affects how they prepare for the game. That's why you hear so often "it's a game time decision". What's next, Tweeting what plays you'll be running?

I completely agree

September 2, 2011  01:04 AM ET

Damnit. Oh well, I guess I'll preserve that 1-1-1 record.

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September 2, 2011  01:12 AM ET
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Watch it!

Watch what?

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