2891412794_7215edfaa5Last Friday, San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie (or, in this case, crimetime31) logged onto Twitter to post his feelings about the food provided at the team’s training camp. He wrote, “Man we have 2 have the most nasty food of any team. Damn can we upgrade 4 str8 years the same ish maybe that’s y we can’t we [sic] the SB we need.” Following the tweet, Chargers head coach Norv Turner pulled Cromartie out of a team meeting to notify him that he was being fined $2500 for the comment. (No word yet on whether Norv pointed out that the team’s failure to win a Superbowl is more likely attributable to Cromartie’s lack of interceptions than to training camp food.)

Following the discussion, Turner told the entire team that they were not to tweet while in the team’s practice facility and never to tweet anything critical of the organization. Although the Chargers use Twitter to promote the organization, Turner feels that allowing players to tweet freely may “give our opponents a competitive advantage or give them something that we feel should stay in our building.” This is clearly a valid concern, but, on the other hand, Cromartie has stated, “They’re taking away my right to free speech.” Without knowing what restrictions are included in the players’ contracts, it is hard to say how much control the Chargers can exercise over Cromartie’s comment. But as Twitter continues to grow in popularity, players will continue to struggle to find a balance between using the site to interact with fans and potentially over-sharing sensitive information.

Kate Thornton

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