Marvin Lewis Bans Bengals Players From Twitter
Not sure if teams truly have the authority to do this.
It would be like banning a player from going on a porn site. In their personal time as long as they are saying anything about the team, how can you ban them?
Lewis did it anyway and it appears he has the backing of some of the players.
“I think people have to have the maturity and the wherewithal to be able to handle it,” Lewis said. “Thus far, what I have experienced since April is we don’t have the maturity to handle it. I don’t see how tweeting is going to help us win a football game. So it’s part of being selfless right now. It’s not best for our football team to be involved in that. It’s best we just take care of ourselves and not announce what we are doing or not doing and commenting on what’s going on in other spots. Let’s just be football players.”
The latest violation came from CB Dre Kirkpatrick, who tweeted about his knee injury as rumor spread throughout the Twitterverse about the ailment earlier this week. Lewis stated on 700WLW the next day he would take care of the Twitter problem. Apparently, shutting it down was his solution.
“The guys that are the leaders of this football team see no need for it, so they handle it,” Lewis said. “I don’t see the need for it right now because I don’t know if we can distinguish the difference (between team business and personal business). It’s not a big deal, just the guys on the team, the older guys, the veterans say why do we need to do it? What is it keeping us from doing? The main thing for us is to win football games, and if it’s getting in our way then we don’t need to do it.”
So, it is more of a self imposed banishment, because I don’t think Lewis can force someone to stop Tweeting.
Ochocinco would say Child Please to that.