UCLA football coach Jim Mora sent a text message to his players advising them to clean-up their social media accounts. With special regard to Facebook and Twitter he advised them to removed any an all references to:
- Sexual Orientation
- Any photo you wouldn’t want your grandparents to see
He also told them they have a choice and a right to freedom of speech as defined in the United States Constitution, but he also reminded them that playing football at UCLA is a privilege–not a right.
I like this policy. This is something companies should send out to employees as a part of their new-hire orienation, and some rules we all should live by.
While we all have a right to express ourselves and are free to say what we want, we are not free from the responsibility of of our words—or the consequences. We live in a world now where everybody wants to share every thought, every notion and every aspect of their lives. I believe in the art of discretion and that there are somethings that should be left between you and God.
Besides, with the number of professional athletes who are ALWAYS in trouble for something they’ve posted, now seems to be a good time to train the college athletes to think before they post.
Good job Coach Mora.