Twitter currently has over 300 million users and thousands of athletes use twitter every day! You can find out who by going to www.tweeting-athletes.com. Have you ever tweeted and then quickly realized that you messed something up beyond just misspelling a word? Well now is your chance to feel at ease because there are many athletes who have made even greater mistakes costing them money and even suspension and expulsion. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some of the biggest Twitter fails in sports history!
#1. The Bengals wide receiver, Chad Ochocinco, was hit with a fine of $25,000 for tweeting this during a game. He later pleaded with the NFL to get the fine waived and had no success.
#2. Ozzie Guillen, the Chicago White Sox Manager, got on twitter after a game to tweet about an umpire being ejected. He was hit with a 2 game suspension and a $20,000 fine.
The tweet: @OzzieGuillen: "This one going to cost me a lot money. This is patetic Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium"
#3. DJ Gardner, an ex-Mississippi State Basketball player was kicked out of school after tweeting some asterisked profanities. He was kicked out of school immediately.
#4. Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard tweeted this after a game and received a gift basket of Beano from his teammates the next day. Some may say this is why Howard is always open in the paint!
#5. Onward State's false information regarding the death of Penn State Ex-Coach Joe Paterno which was picked up by CPSSports.com before being verified. The managing editor resigned immediately.
#6. Sleeping during a team meeting? That will result in being waived by the team as Devin Thomas of the Washington Redskins found out in 2010 when this Twitpic surfaced.
Want to see even more? You can check out a complete list of 100 by going here. This should be a good reminder to everyone, athlete or not, to make sure you are using social media responsibly. Twitter is public!
Have a great week everyone and Happy Monday!