Posted October 29, 2009 10:49 am by with 5 comments

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You’re already careful about what you say on Twitter, right?

I mean, you read my advice on reputation management, so you know not to go around tweeting defamatory tweets in the name of "fun."


Good, then I never have to worry about you getting in as much trouble as Larry Johnson of the Kansas City Chiefs. What did he do? Er, only threw out some gay slurs on Twitter–costing him a one-game suspension and about $600,000 in lost earnings!

Agent Peter Schaffer said the game check and other lost revenue would amount to about a penalty of about $600,000 for the former two-time Pro Bowl player…Coach Todd Haley and first-year general manager Scott Pioli have repeatedly said they are trying to build a new culture and a new attitude for a struggling franchise, which has sunk to the bottom of the NFL and that disloyalty will not be tolerated.

Mashable has the offending tweets–in case you’re interested.

I’ve seen much worse thrown around on Twitter, but this should be (yet another) warning that just because there are few rules in social media, you shouldn’t be reckless with your words.

The next time you go to tweet something ugly, ask yourself if your boss would be mad if he saw your comments? Would your mom be disappointed in you? If the answer is yes, think twice about posting.

Your penalty may not be $600,000, but you could get fired–or worse, a stern talking-to from your mom!