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!

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  • Todd Allison

    I think people are really misrepresenting what went on here. Even if the slur wasn’t included he would still be getting this suspension. The suspension is for undermining his coach not for the slur. Teams don’t take kindly to public criticism of their coach.

  • Jacinta

    The Chiefs should have gotten rid of Larry Johnson years ago
    .-= Jacinta´s last blog ..How to monitor your athletes on Twitter =-.

  • Vlad Zablotskyy

    Don’t these guys have the zillions dollars contracts? You need to spend them one way or another :)

    It is amazing though how costly a 140 characters can be and potentially affect your career.
    .-= Vlad Zablotskyy´s last blog ..LeapFish 2.0 Claims To Solve The Real Time Search. But Will They Survive Beyond 2009? =-.

  • Luci

    Vlad beat me to what I wanted to say.
    Seems pretty shortsighted of the player really – whether he got suspended for undermining his coach or the the gay-related comments, he should of thought about what he was doing/tweeting
    .-= Luci´s last blog ..New Tips for SEO and Video in 2010 =-.