Social media with athletes is similar to social media and normal every day people that are applying for a job. You have to be careful with what you post and what you say because eventually, when you want to move up in the world whether it be a business career or an athletic one, what you say will come back to haunt you. This is probably why Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston deleted his twitter account this past Friday.
Winston has previously been accused of sexual assault at Florida State, but he was never charged and was cleared by of violating the school’s code of conduct. He has also had a few other incidents such as receiving a civil citation for shoplifting crab legs from a grocery store and yelling vulgar phrases in public, leading to a one game suspension.
Despite all of Winston’s off-field incidents, he is expected to be drafted No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this upcoming draft.
Winston deleting his Twitter was the best thing he could have done for himself. Social media, in all forms can cause problems for aspiring athletes, especially ones right out of college looking to go into an NFL draft, or any professional sports draft. The last thing a team wants is a new player that is going to be hard to keep out of the media because of things that are said on Twitter or pictures posted on Instagram.
It’s hard enough being able to control a young good looking athlete right out of college that is now being put in the spotlight. They have to face the challenges of partying, drugs, and people wanting to be seen with them. If you are seen with the wrong people or doing the wrong thing it could ruin your career.
There’s also the opposite affect where a team could want the media and publicity for their team because they have gone unnoticed for so long. However, I think this is very unlikely in Winston’s case because by deleting his Twitter he is making a statement.
He is showing the world that he is prepared to take this seriously. He knows what has happened in his past with the allegations and crimes and by deleting his social media account he is showing he wants to become more private and aware of his actions. He is taking his career seriously and treating it as a priority.
Just like a student out of college, you don’t want future employers seeing your inappropriate pictures and tweets when they do a background check on you. This shows just how important it is to create a good image for yourself as an athlete if you want to be taken seriously and treated as a professional. Winston did a good thing and showed his true character by doing this. He’s ready to move on.
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