Social Media Miranda Rights

Know Your Social Media Miranda Rights

You have the right to remain silent…. Of course, there are really no Social Media Miranda Rights, but it is not a bad place to start when you think about what you want to say in your social media efforts.  Just because you have the ability to reach a whole bunch of people, doesn’t mean that you have to do it.  You do not have to share everything that happens in your life through your social media platforms.  There are many things that are better left to text messaging or that old school communication technique called talking in person.  You could use a little technology so you feel better…  pick up the phone and call someone and tell them how much you hate your girlfriend or how your “now ex-boyfriend” missed your game rather than telling the world.

Washington Redskins Wide Receiver, Jabar Gaffney, could have used a little social media training for professional athletes before he has his monumental Twitter meltdown in front of the entire world.  His tweets were so crazy that they became a trending topic around the world in a matter of hours.  He was accusing his wife and another player of many things and in the heat of the moment vented his anger on Twitter.  He was so embarrassed afterwards that he had to come out and say his Twitter account was hacked and that he had nothing to do with it.  You be the judge. Take a look at the video below with his tweets and see what you think.

By the way, this is not his first brush with Twitter stupidity.  Back in November, after a loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Gaffney told a fan to kill himself and then retweeted someone else who agreed that the guy should kill himself because that would make one less Cowboys fan.  Wow.  Talk about the time to invoke your Social Media Miranda Rights!  Gaffney clearly never read our Twitter Tips for Athletes or he would have thought before he tweeted!

This kind of foolish talk on social media is not limited to the pro or even the college ranks.  By now everyone knows the story of Yuri Wright, a highly recruited high school football player at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.  Yuri Wright athlete hurt by social media ESPN had him ranked at the 40th best recruit in the nation and he even played in the US Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX. had him rated at the number 3 defensive back in the 2012 class.  He was quoted as saying that Michigan was his dream school and he wanted to play football there and it seemed like he was on his way.  That is until he tweeted sexually and racially explicit comments on his personal Twitter account which had more than 1,500 followers.  Once those tweets came to light, Wright was expelled from Don Bosco and Michigan rescinded their scholarship offer to him.  That sure is a tremendous price to pay because he did not think before he used social media.  Further, if he had received some training and knew what to do with his various feeds, he would be packing his bags for Ann Arbor in July.  The story had a decent ending and he did ultimately sign with Colorado on National Signing day, but not before he embarrassed himself, his family, his school, his friends and a lot of other people.  You also have to remember that there are tens of thousands of Google results on what happened in a search of his name.  Can he recover from that debacle?  I am not sure and it still remains to be seen, but it would be a very different future for him if he had just been trained so he understood what was at stake.


Athletes have the ability to invoke their Social Media Miranda Rights




One comment to Social Media Miranda Rights

  • [...] opportunities by not thinking.   At the very least, these guy should know how to invoke their Social Media Miranda Rights when the time is right.  They don’t have to share everything that is going on in their lives [...]

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