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Larry Brown
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Larry Brown

Works as an update anchor and show host at Sporting News Radio and also writes and runs the sports site larrybrownsports.com.

A Time to Tweet

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I think Twitter is a good way for NFL players to connect with the fans and media, therefore I wouldn't ban it league-wide. However, players tweeting during games and practice is disrespectful to their coaches and teammates because it indicates a lack of focus, so that must be curbed.

Rather than just fine players, I would establish a policy saying players who tweet during games will have their accounts deactivated. I would leave it up to individual teams to establish policies for players who tweet during practices and/or meetings since that's harder to regulate on a league-wide level.

Twitter's an excellent resource for players to build popularity with their fanbase, but it can also be harmful for player's images (see Michael Beasley, J.R. Smith) and serve as a distraction (see Chad Ochocinco). Twitter shouldn't be used while employees are at work (unless it's part of someone's job) -- it should be used on free time.

By Larry Brown  |  August 24, 2009; 7:24 AM ET  | Category:  Roger Goodell , Twitter Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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