Chris Early, on the right, has been suspended for comments on Twitter.
You've probably all seen this by now, but earlier today, Drew Franklin of KSR put up this post about a player on the Chris Early of the Chattanooga Mocs (stats from Statsheet.com). These Twitter comments were made about a month ago by Early, and apparently, it came as unpleasant news to the Mocs head coach, John Shulman. From the Chattanooga blog Mocs Mania!:
Chris Early has been suspended indefinitely for his Twitter comments regarding the year and Coach Shulman.
Honestly, this whole thing frustrates me quite a bit. I'm beginning to really hate Twitter.
When I first read Drew's story, I feared this might happen. I really don't know how to feel about this. On the one hand, there is no doubt that Drew was within his rights as a blogger to reveal this information -- it is public and has been out there a while. Not only that, the comments Early made about the head coach are absolutely unethical and indicative of a serious attitude problem that could legitimately be affecting the Mocs team in a negative way.
There is the other side, though -- the potential to get a kid kicked off the basketball team and affect his future. I have a feeling that doesn't feel all that great to Drew right now, and I confess, it makes me uncomfortable as well. At the same time, if this had come from Andy Katz or some Chattanooga reporter, would we even care?
Unfortunately, Twitter is both a boon and a nightmare to athletes. It is like a driver's license -- on the upside, you can go places and do things. On the downside, if you are irresponsible, it can damage and even take your life. At least Twitter has never taken a life that I know of, but it sure has impacted some college careers both positively, negatively, and in the case of Josh Harrellson, both at the same time.
This reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Last Boy Scout: "Ain't life a bitch?"
[UPDATE] Ouch. Stay away from Twitter when you're angry. Lesson for the day.