June 28th, 2011 10:12 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Ole Miss
Tags: Apparently Johnson, CJ, Mississippi State, Ole Miss
If you read this site with any regularity you know that we believe college athletes should be banned from using Twitter and Facebook. Many are too young, too dumb, or too young and dumb to realize how many people are reading their words. (Hey, we were once young and dumb, too.)
Ole Miss is the latest school to learn this lesson the hard way. UM has banned linebacker CJ Johnson has from tweeting after some of his comments drew the attention of the website SportsByBrooks.com.
“We regularly conduct social media education for our student-athletes and recently began working with incoming freshmen,” said an Ole Miss spokesperson. “CJ had posted some inappropriate material in the past, and after speaking with our staff, felt it was best to close his account for the time being. We will continue to work with the young men and women in our programs to stress the importance of representing themselves and Ole Miss in a respectful and positive light.”
Johnson made news in January when he ripped fans on Facebook during his recruitment. Eventually he chose the Rebels over Mississippi State in what was a heated battle.
Over the weekend he took to Twitter and — as Brandon Marcello of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger so delicately puts it — “posted messages that included descriptions of sexual acts sprinkled with curse words, and photos of a new truck.”
A Range Rover was also involved, by the way. Apparently Johnson felt that truck had “to Many miles on it,” so he returned it. Yeah, I know the Range Rover I drove as a freshman in college had a lot of miles, too.
For the record, here’s the SportsByBrooks story we linked you to yesterday. In it you can read Johnson’s nastier tweets for yourself.
We wonder what female Rebel fans think about Johnson’s comments. For that matter, we wonder what male Rebel fans with daughters think about Johnson’s comments.
The Lesson: Ban cocial media now, coaches.
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