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NFL Rumors: Roddy White to be Punished for Paterno Tweets?

Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Roddy White has made headlines for his Twitter rants before.  However, today in the wake of the release of the Freeh report that showed findings of significant cover-ups by Penn State University officials, White may have taken his tweeting too far.

Roddy decided to take to the twitterverse, and let loose with a string of (since deleted) tweets that left people’s jaws sitting on the floor:

Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

Shut up mark may you half the reason why kids won’t go there saying ridiculous stuff about the university

12 Jul 12
Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

A lot of stuff get swept under the rug at university’s don’t understand why penn state had to tell the media we got a coach rapping kids

12 Jul 12
Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

You know that’s gone hurt the university you can’t control a grown man I just think they should’ve got him arrested and that’s the end

12 Jul 12
Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

Joe pa told the people he was suppose to tell he is a football coach he coaches 100 student athletes the head people should’ve done more

12 Jul 12
Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

I would send my kid there if he wanted to go he wasn’t rappin football players that’s a great program that joe pa ran

White then quickly backtracked with this (again, since deleted) tweet:

Roddy White @roddywhiteTV

Y’all are crazy for thinking I’m saying it was ok for penn state to hide the incident but to blame joe pa when he told the people is bad

It’s hard to decipher whether the context of White’s tweets were out of sympathy for Joe Paterno, or simply out of a lack of knowledge about the situation.  In either case, it didn’t make White or the Falcons look very good.

But I can say that two things are made abundantly clear by this mini-rant:

First, Roddy White obviously has no grasp of what truly went on in this case.

Second, Roddy White obviously has no grasp of when it’s best not to speak your mind.

The question for the Falcons is, do they start punishing players for tweets and other social media postings that could potentially paint the franchise in a negative light?

There are already reports floating around that the Falcons’ brass is not altogether happy with White for his Twitter-outburst today, and the haste in which the tweets were deleted by White would suggest that someone may have been in his ear.

All players have clauses and/or stipulations in their contracts that have a language similar to “conduct detrimental to the team or organization”.   If the Falcons’ management wanted to, they probably could use White as an example for other players who may get the urge to let opinions fly out in the social media universe.  It wouldn’t be the first time that NFL players were punished for postings on the internet.

Incoming rookies in the NFL are schooled about the dangers of hitting “send”, and have it made clear to them that once you put it out there, it’s never truly gone, even if you delete it.

Apparently, Roddy must have seen the danger in how his tweets may have been interpreted, and recently sent this tweet:

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Remember Roddy…better to be silent and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.


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