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Sports stars and social media

Posted on 30. Jul, 2010 by in General, Social Media

Who’d be a league star these days? They’re always in the press for something and most of it’s bad.
They’re treated like idiots (rightly or wrongly) and are constantly having to defend the entire game because of the actions of the minority. Don’t get me wrong. Some of these blokes are, quite frankly, idiots. But who isn’t at some point? Granted, sometimes there actions have hurtful and harmful consequences, and for this there is no excuse. But this is not restricted to NRL players, it just seems they get more coverage.

Penrith Panthers Ban Facebook

This week the Penrith Panthers banned their players from using Facebook and Twitter. The reasons they cited for this were, according to the Daily Telegraph, that it was an invasion of privacy (anyone see any irony in that?), that they can be dangerous and that they had a duty of care to protect their players. From who? Themselves?! They may have well just of written ‘we have no faith in our team members to be able to make responsible decisions on how they manage their social media profiles. We don’t trust them and the lack of control this creates is too much for us to handle.’

I mean, come on! Enough Nanny State! How are these men ever expected to take responsibility for their own actions if they’re constantly told they’re not capable of doing so? 

 There are hundreds and thousands of successful sports stars who manage to use social media without managing to end up in hot water. In fact, a lot of these manage to use it for actually embracing their fans and propelling their career forward. If I was a Penrith Panthers player I’d be insulted and, more importantly, I’d be concerned by how this ban maycause detriment to my career.

And boys, if you can’t do it on your own, for goodness sake, get some advice on how best to harness the medium for beneficial reasons.

Libby Tricket, Quade Cooper, Lote Tuqiri, Catherine Cox and Susan Pratley to name a few Australian athletes who embrace the medium and their fans love them for it!

That’s my wibble. I’d love to hear from those who think the ban is agood idea.

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3 Responses to “Sports stars and social media”

  1. [...] Douglas of Daemon Two makes the point superbly in a recent blog, with special reference to the Penrith Panthers case, and suggests such a ban could even have a [...]

  2. Shane

    04. Nov, 2010

    .Another high profile case was that of West Tigers Captain Robbie Farah who was involved in a verbal slanging match with a Twitter follower and ” fan “.

    This case is almost laughable considering the amount of abuse, sledging from the general public, the criticism from media outlets he would have received as a high profile sporting star but something about this one Twitter fan he couldn’t help but bite back at every remark he sent his way.

    I think clubs in the end just get to the point where they realise some players have no self control when it comes to situations like these they just take away any possible temptation to save face in the long run for the player/s involved and the club brand.

    And as of tonight Thursday 4th November, Raiders star Joel Monaghan was caught with sickening photo that was posted on Twitter from a end of season booze up, time and time again these stars just produce another farcical piece of news on these network sights and it just adds to the case of the clubs banning their players from interacting on these sights, personally and professionally.

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