In an effort to shift attention from football, let’s explore a silly controversy: Terrence Jones’ hat. Bear with me, this is right off the news wire and the facts are still rolling in:
Terrence Jones (“Player Jones”) and his teammates took in the Kentucky football game last night, and Matt Jones (“Playa Jones”) posted a picture of the players at the stadium on this website. In this picture, it appears that Player Jones is wearing a hat with the logo of the now bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers. Player Jones Re-tweeted a message on his account that states, after being run through Google’s Family Values Translator:
“How about the next time you wear a hat to a UK game make sure it’s a UK hat you selfish mother lover.”
The owner of the re-tweeted account will not be named but attempted to justify the tweet with counter tweets stating, “You’re not in LA btw” and “[C]oach Cal said it.”
The response was almost universally supportive of Player Jones, but one tweet stuck out in particular:
“Told you UK fans would turn on you. UW fans would of [sic] always been there.”
And Boom Goes the Dynamite. We have a lot of fun on Twitter, and it has given fans a direct line to their favorite amateur athletes. As long as fans are responsible with their tweets, the system works and is an enjoyable experience. The key is that in each instance the fan remembers that at the end of the day, he or she is the fan, and any interaction with the athlete is a privilege. I’m sure the young Kentucky fan regrets said interaction with Player Jones, as he rightly should.
Ladies and gentlemen, my point: it’s one thing to use Twitter to keep up with friends and news. It’s an entirely new thing all together to use Twitter to send negative messages to amateur athletes. Heaven forbid that player re-tweet your message that, at best: makes you look bad, at worst: makes the whole fan base look bad. Use your head.