College athletes always have to be careful with what they put on their social media accounts as it could lead to future problems. From inappropriate posts to hacked accounts, there are many pitfalls for young athletes on social media. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the latest college athlete to have problems with social media as his Instagram account was hacked.
He is not the first star college quarterback that has been hacked in the 2019 offseason as Georgia’s Jake Fromm and Ohio State’s Justin Fields have experienced similar problems. The hacks seem to be coming from the same person as all three Instagram accounts have had similar messages on how to make easy money and the link to get to the website.
All three quarterbacks played high school football in the state of Georgia, so the hacker could have a personal connection with the three quarterbacks.
Lawrence was able to regain control of his Instagram account after a couple of hours, but the sophomore quarterback will have to be more careful with his social media accounts in the future. The hacker’s message of how to make easy money could have led to him being ruled ineligible. The NCAA’s stand on amateurism is very hard as the organization will investigate if it hears a whiff of non-amateurism among its players.
It’s clear that Lawrence did not send that message out on his Instagram, so Clemson fans should not worry about his eligibility. The Tigers routed Alabama 44-16 behind Lawrence’s arm and the spectacular play of freshman receiver Justyn Ross. The two rising sophomores have a great chemistry and could dominate college football over the next couple of seasons before entering the NFL Draft.
Lawrence acknowledged that his account was hacked and thanked all the people who reached out to him about the post. He is one of the frontrunners for the 2019 Heisman Trophy, so it’s good that he will be eligible to play in the upcoming season.