All the people in social networks are tweeting to destroy their lives. That factor only has a growing number of sports media personalities asking a big question: Why would anyone want to use Twitter when the potential risks far outweigh the potential gain?
The story of pranksters Bryan Colangelo – in which Ben Ritter reported The president of 76ers allegedly used five "burned" Twitter accounts for disreputable players like Joel Embiid, and underlined the danger inherent in the misuse of the platform social networks. Colangelo could go from being the boss of the next NBA dynasty to a warning story. Just ask Roseanne Barr, who destroyed her own No. 1 television show with a racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett (Barr blamed the sleeping drug Ambien).
If Colangelo's story is true (he continues to deny his participation in the accounts), his work is in danger. During Wednesday's episode of "Excuse the Interruption," ESPN's Tony Kornheiser and Mike Wilbon shook their heads about Twitter's ability to attract unwitting celebrities to Scylla and Charybdis from social media.
"The main question for me is: Why does someone go on Twitter? Why are you doing this, so you can lose your job immediately?" Kornheiser asked. "This is for me, if this is true, a situation that should be followed immediately, if it is not Colangelo, but someone who knows well, someone from his family, someone in his close circle of acquaintances, and he knew it, and leave it go without stopping, and that was in your power, then you have to leave.
"For me, Mike, this is a matter of trust. If you work for Colangelo, and you can not trust him to keep your secrets with him, then I do not know why you would want to work for him. "
When people continue to risk everything and use burner accounts on Twitter. pic. twitter.com/7ZxJFQMm8Y
– PTI (@PTI) May 30, 2018
Kornheiser frequently makes deals on social media because he is one of the few important sports personalities (along with Charles Barkley of TNT) , who refuses to participate, said his partner Michael Wilbon, but the "bidirectional fascination with social networks" is a great reason for the popularity of the NBA, he said.The content always flows from players to fans and vice versa. NBA stars like Embiid are masters of social networks.
Joel told me that @samhinkie IS BETTER AND SMARTER THAN YOU @ AlVic40117560 #BurnerAccount  07] – Joel Embiid (@ JoelEmbiid) May 30, 2018
Wilbon has a good point about the NBA and social The Post Rick Post wrote on Thursday that the fans and journalists who watch the games The NBA alone with Twitter as its second screen never feel alone. Instead, they are in the world's largest sports bar, exchanging jokes and opinions with millions of hoops fans. Look for the use of Twitter to explode tonight during the ABC broadcast of the 2018 NBA Finals between Stephen Curry & # 39; s Warriors and LeBron James & # 39; Cavaliers.
"On social media, there's nothing like Twitter from the NBA, it's a sports bar that does not close, a barbershop with unlimited seats, a family barbeque where NBA stars appear to hang," wrote Maese.
in FS1's "Habla por ti mismo", Colin Cowherd described Twitter as a "loaded weapon".
"It's a mistake to pick up a deadly weapon when you're angry, tired or have problems with drugs or alcohol," Cowherd said. "You have to be able to stay away from the loaded gun, that's why I do not go home, I have a badtail, I put on my pajamas and tweet, I have enough problems, you can be fired, but you can." Do not get an increase in Twitter. "
His partner, Jason Whitlock, has frequently warned about the dangers of social media, describing it as a fake" CyberWorld "that is not an accurate reflection of reality, if the accusations are true, Colangelo's actions are a "misdemeanor at best", according to Whitlock, compared to the biggest fraud on social networks.
"(Colangelo) has damaged his credibility and the credibility of the franchise. "I'm telling him, he has barely scratched the surface of what is happening in a generalized way in all the media," Whitlock said. "Everyone has entered into this false world of Twitter and the world of social networks, people with money and media are manipulating the truth, and the perception of them, and the perception of others, constantly. They are paying real money to have it done. "
– Speak for yourself (@SFY) May 30, 2018
During an appearance on Fox Sports Radio with Clay Travis, Whitlock went further, saying that media companies should ban Twitter talents from the start, period, using the warning story of Bill Simmons as a prime example.
From his beginnings as a snarky, politically incorrect provocateur, Simmons "sold out" for the approval of social networks, according to Whitlock. In the process, it almost destroys its own brand. That's why Simmons' HBO show, "Any Given Wednesday," lasted only four months despite the 6.1 million Twitter followers on Sports Guy.
Barkley has been another prophet about the dangers of self-destruction in social networks. The more you have, the more you can lose. Sports personalities who have had problems with their employers, such as Jemele Hill of ESPN, got into trouble for what they tweeted, not because of what they said on the air or in writing in a column.
The real danger for someone with something to lose is getting into flame wars with Twitter trolls. Before the March race this year, Sir Charles explained why he is not on Twitter, and he never will.
"You have to understand why I do not use social networks, there are people whose only goal in life is to say something that pisses you off," said Barkley. "No matter what they say, their response back to them is the one that is going to explode on ESPN or the Internet, I might be in a bad mood, someone may have died in my family, I may have had a fight at home. The last thing I want to do is say something I can not recover, that will live forever.
"I've done enough stupidity in my life. You have to live with those. But this Internet thing, man, is something dangerous for people. "
Twitter is fun because it absorbs your soul but occasionally makes you laugh and is 100 times more likely to be fired than promoted
Let's think about it what is the benefit here
– Leigh Munsil (@leighmunsil) May 30, 2018
During an interview with Shlomo Sprung of Awful Announcing, Bob Ley from "Outside the Lines" on ESPN described Twitter simply as the "Devil's tool."
"If you have a public person who looks straight ahead, you do it properly," Ley said. "I will stalk and read opinion leaders, but even then." Great team of people who are collecting what I need to know about Twitter, so I spend a lot less time there and I am enjoying life a lot more ".
It seems that Colangelo, and many other front-office types, should follow the wise advice of Law.