It’s true, there are hundreds of NFL players on Twitter, tweeting away about anything and everything. Rashard Mendenhall isn’t the only one. Here’s what we learned, direct from the sources, simply by monitoring Twitter on a Wednesday afternoon:
Texans RB Ben Tate, who missed last season with an injury, just got done running routes and catching balls, and he discovered he’s “not as rusty n sloppy as I thought I would be.”
Falcons WR Roddy White just spent 91 dollars for a tank of gas. (We assume it’s not a mid-size).
Not sure where Arizona Cardinals’ first-round pick Patrick Peterson is, but he was excited about having just found a Popeye’s.
San Francisco 49ers LB Takeo Spikes posted videos from an event at his daughter’s school.
Michael Vick is playing on his Xbox.
Chad Ochocinco revealed that he owns 11 pairs of shoes. (Fewer than you would have thought, right?)
But among the inane and irrelevant, there were some tweets out there regarding both Mendenhall’s comments and the Osama bin Laden story in general. Cardinals kicker Jay Feely, a frequent voice in the NFL Twitterverse, was looking for a conversation about the debate over whether or not to publish the photos of bin Laden.
“I’m not a conspiracy theorist so I don’t need visual proof,” Feely tweeted. “There would be negative consequences to releasing photos.”
But a player that seemed to draw some controversy Wednesday was Tyrell Sutton, a backup running back for the Carolina Panthers. Sutton, who has 139 career rushing yards in two NFL seasons, seems to be backing Mendenhall with a few of his Tweets:
“Think about this,” he wrote, “we call ppl messing wit our country terrorists but when we do it it’s liberation…is tht a double standard?”
And then: “Think about this: we talk about killing bad dictators or whatever but didn’t our own citizens kill US Presidents Kennedy and Lincoln?”
After that last tweet, Bears CB Chris Harris offered Sutton advice (in the form of a re-tweet): “Ur a football player,” Harris wrote, “u shouldnt say that.”
Although Sutton has only 2,932 followers, small potatoes compared to the likes of Ochocinco, apparently Harris wasn’t the only one taking notice. “So I’m getting bashed for ASKING QUESTIONS,” Sutton tweeted. “I have not even taken a stance on anything but I’m gettin Condemned for it as if I did.”
And, finally, Sutton backed down completely –- after some professional advice from his agent.
“Ok I gotta quit,” Sutton wrote. “Been informed tht I’m a controversial person by my agent. Sry for pushing any intellectual buttons.”
Just another day on Twitter.