Open mouth, insert foot: Seahawks Frank Clark’s tweets in response to reporter should remind players about use of social media

by Angela Davis|@jerseygirlsport Jersey Girl Sports fam today's athletes have the world at their fingertips--literally! They are at the constant mercy of fans and their thoughts and impulses can be both a blessing and a curse. For Seattle Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, his lack of emotional control has landed him on the wrong side of a woman--again. He has a history of domestic violence, and when a writer for the Bleacher Report wrote about the two-year-old incident he didn't like it, and he told her.
from yahoosports.com Natalie Weiner, who writes about the Seahawks for Bleacher Report, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night that she’d gotten a tweet from Clark. The 2015 second-round pick has since deleted it, but Weiner took a screenshot, captioning it, “writing about domestic violence is fun and risk free”

frank clark, seahawk, just tweeted he had a job for me cleaning his fishtank and that i would lose my job  

writing about domestic violence is fun and risk free pic.twitter.com/XGqCQ6RvNQ

Yet again, we see another example where an athlete doesn't understand or is ignorant to the impact his words have, especially in social media. He did delete the post, but it was too late. She had already take a screen shot of it, and with his history, this was absolutely not the right response. His follow-up tweet, in an attempt at making is right, only made it worse.

Apologize to anyone who felt offended by my tweet earlier. We gotta do better supporting these major issues we face in this world. 4747 Retweets  229229 likes

Athletes would do well to employ the services of a publicist, learn the rules to engaging in social media,  and then LEARN how to use social media to build their brands, not tear them down. Athletes are certainly free to express themselves, and they should. However, they should be aware that that freedom comes with a cost, and a price they may not be willing to pay.

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