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John Gennaro
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John Gennaro

A die hard San Diego Chargers fan and writer for Bolts From The Blue.

Treat Tweets Like Speech


Here's my Twitter policy for NFL players, and it would be an easy one to enforce: What you Tweet is the same as what you say in a press conference or during an interview. If you criticize the referees, expect a fine from the league. If you criticize your team, expect a fine from your team. If you use foul language or discuss off-color topics, the NFL will be watching you and reserves the right to fine and/or suspend you based off of your actions.

The thing that could get NFL players into trouble now is that they tweet before they think. However, when dealing with the press they've been trained to think before they speak or be punished. If the policy is that the words they tweet are the same as the words they speak, and come with the same repercussions, they'll be more likely to think before writing that nasty tweet about the play-calling on Monday morning.

By John Gennaro  |  August 24, 2009; 6:44 AM ET  | Category:  Roger Goodell , Twitter Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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