15 Athletes Who Can’t Keep Their Cool on Twitter

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15 Athletes Who Can’t Keep Their Cool on Twitter

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Twitter has done a better job than any other social platform of instantly connecting sports fans with their favorite players. The one problem with this instant access is that a fan who is fed up with his or her favorite player’s performance can instantly express that frustration with a negative (some would say ‘trolling’) tweet.

Many times, professional athletes will simply not respond or just block the user. Sometimes, though, a tweet is so offensive that the athlete feels an uncontrollable desire to let this ‘Twitter troll’ know exactly how worthless he or she is.

You would think athletes making millions of dollars to play a game would be too happy with all the luxuries they’ve attained that some random fan on the internet would be so beneath them that they wouldn't waste their time responding. Or maybe that’s what it’s about when these athletes lose their cool and allow an internet troll to creep deep inside of their skulls. Maybe there is a pleasure derived from reminding someone who’s never been a professional athlete of the reality that they've failed at life. You know, like the ever-famous LeBron James “Yeah, I lost but they have to go back to their [miserable] lives.”

It seems some athletes don't mind alienating a portion of their fanbase this way, but there is a beauty to an athlete lashing out at fans this way. It reveals to rest of the world the self-absorbed people that they really are.

Of course, there are instances in which an athlete pathetically attempts to claim their account was hacked or that it was a mistake in some way. Either way, whenever a tweet is sent from a professional athlete’s Twitter handle lashing out at a fan, the athlete joins the ranks of those who lost their cool. Here are some of the more entertaining ones.

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15. Maurice Jones-Drew

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Maurice Jones-Drew tweeted out that Jay Cutler was a quitter years back for exiting the NFC Championship Game with an injury. Kind of like the way you quit on your lowly Jacksonville Jaguars this past season, Jones-Drew?

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14. Amar'e Stoudemire

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Before last season began, Amar'e Stoudemire received a tweet from a minor who demanded he come back strong. Instead of ignoring the kid, Stoudemire sent him a direct message in which he called the kid a homophobic slur. Stoudemire later apologized to the kid on Twitter after the story came to light, but the original tweet revealed the sort of person he really is.

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13. C.J. Wilson

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You have to love C.J. Wilson. Former teammate Mike Napoli says he’s going to take him deep, so what does Wilson do? What else? Tweet out Napoli’s cell phone number. Of course, giving out Napoli’s actual number to the whole world was only ‘a prank.’

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12. Evan Turner

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Back in September, Evan Turner let an Instagram exchange carry over into Twitter. As it went, Turner was so upset at criticism of his game, he criticized one Philadelphia 76ers fan’s mother who was merely in the fan’s default picture. According to Turner, this wasn’t a ‘fan’ but a jerk. However, Turner needs to look in the mirror, because calling out a fan’s mother is a totally uncalled-for jerk move.

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11. Chad Johnson

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Chad Johnson should come as no surprise. Go ahead and send him an offensive tweet, he will display his juvenile level of maturity by firing back whatever derogatory remark he can come up with.

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10. Victor Cruz

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After George Zimmerman was acquitted of murder last year, Victor Cruz found it in his best interest to let the world know via Twitter that it’s only a matter of time until ‘The Hood’ catches up to Zimmerman. Cruz later apologized and at last check, his vigilante days were short-lived as he didn't quit his day job.

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9. LeSean McCoy

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LeSean McCoy has had a history of hostile tweets which can be traced back to his Twitter feud with former New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora. This past season, though, he sent out an unprovoked tweet to Knowshon Moreno which read that Moreno ‘sucks’. Stay humble, McCoy.

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8. Johnny Manziel

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Who can forget Johnny Manziel’s ‘Bull[ expletive] like tonight is a reason why I can’t wait to leave College Station’ tweet? Of course, he deleted it. Even Manziel couldn't walk in his own shoes.

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7. J.R. Smith

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J.R. Smith really is a really swell guy. After Brandon Jennings criticized Smith’s younger brother for getting special treatment, Smith responded with a tweet which suggested some of Smith’s goons in Detroit might do some work on Jennings. Really, what would the NBA be without the courtesy of gangsters?

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6. Carmelo Anthony

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Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Carmelo Anthony last month received an expletive-laden tweet from a fan who was fed up with Anthony’s game. What does Anthony do? What else? He tweets the fan that he didn't ask his “glazed donut face [expletive]” to root for him. Anthony later claimed he was only joking. Sure, buddy. I bet you were.

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5. Derek Holland

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Derek Holland, what a guy. He’s known for his quirky behavior in the clubhouse with his teammates, always smiling. However, during a rough outing last season, Holland was heckled and a tweet was sent out from his Twitter account during the game which directed a homophobic slur at someone on Twitter. Holland later denied he sent out the tweet and threw his wife under the bus in the process by saying she was the only other person with access. Even if Holland was hacked, as he claimed, why even mention his wife as a possibility? He should have simply apologized, but perhaps anger truly is a gift.

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4. David Wilson

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David Wilson is one of those guys who are built to play in New York. When New York Giants and fantasy football fans berated him on Twitter for fumbling away the first week of the season, Wilson tweeted that the fans are ‘irrelevant’.

Of course, Wilson later apologized and claimed he didn’t mean the tweet the way it came out. It really is comical when these athletes attempt to control the damage. The damage is already done.

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3. Jon Jones

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Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones asked his fans on Twitter how he could make their Twitter experience more enjoyable. One fan asked for a follow back from Jones. Jones proceeded to put the fan’s tweet in quotations and responded with ‘Annnnnd, no’ for all 795,000 of his followers to see. You're a good man, Jon Jones.

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2. Lolo Jones

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Lolo Jones can be a fun follow on Twitter. However, if you criticize her or challenge her athletic ability, she will lash out like a woman scorned. Back in 2012, Jones told former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand -- who is paralayzed — that he should get checked for a concussion “cos u aren’t beating a track athlete” when he simply jokingly challenged her to a race. Jones claimed she didn't know LeGrand was paralyzed but if she did, that is too cruel.

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1. Arian Foster

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In the case of Arian Foster, we have a story of pure, undiluted triumph for one Twitter troll. Perhaps he should be called the king of Twitter trolls, because @sportsmediaLM landed a knockout blow on Twitter. As it began almost a year ago, this Twitter user got into an exchange with Foster about his character. In the end, Foster announced the following day that he was leaving Twitter as he was obviously no match for this level-headed Twitter fiend.