Athletes and Social Media

As if athletes weren’t on a pedestal already, social media has helped boost the egos of professional and college athletes alike. The talent these athletes possess heightens them to a life of fortune and fame – depending on the extent of their athletic contributions. Johnny Manziel is a perfect example. A notorious athlete with unparalleled talent throughout his college career, now has over a million followers on bothTwitter and Instagram.

Why is it that sports enthusiasts worship these athletes who are rarely the people we make them out to be? They are human after all. But the unique life these athletes portray can be addicting. Fans can’t get enough of the lavish pictures on Instagram or tweets that give us an insight to their thoughts. Unfortunately, none of that is real. Social media only posts things that we want other people to see. There’s a reason you never see pictures of Johnny headed to rehab, just his pictures with Drake.

With the media these days, it is easy for athletes to be portrayed as something they are not. Many will even take to Twitter or Instagram to defend themselves. Athletes can use social media in different ways. Some athletes prefer to say things that can grab attention like Richard Sherman, or others can use it as a platform to make a difference. Either way, the choice depends on the athlete and how they want to represent themselves.

In the athlete’s defense, fans are the ones who give them the recognition that makes some of them the egotistic jerks they turn out to be. As sports fans, we shouldn’t idolize athletes or even look to them as heroes. It is silly to think that some people worship players just for the sport they play. That can feed the egos of individuals who don’t need a bigger head. When will these arrogant athletes realize that just because you are on a pedestal, you are not invincible?

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