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Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

Posted on: December 2, 2010 12:22 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit
M. Oher (US Presswire)
All season long we’ve been wondering if an NFL player will get fined for tweeting DURING a game. Chad Ochocinco was fined for in-game tweeting, but it was during a preseason game. A few players – Terrell Owens and Darnell Dockett most notably – have been fined for violating the league’s rule against tweeting within 90 minutes of kickoff, but neither tweeted while their game was actually going on.

Well, Week 13 brought us our first regular season in-game tweet. And you’ll never believe who it was from (or maybe you will since his picture is included in this post): Michael Oher. The Ravens left tackle sent a tweet during Baltimore’s win over Tampa Bay saying that he would play next week against the Steelers despite a knee injury. (Oher later deleted the tweet…but not because he changed his mind about playing this Sunday.)

“I didn’t realize it at the time,” Oher said of the NFL’s policy, according to the Baltimore Sun. “I was just letting mainly my family and friends know that I was OK. Letting them know that I was OK was way more important than getting a fine.”

Oher might not realize that his fine could be in the $25,000 range. That’s what Ochocinco was docked for his preseason tweet. Talk about costly; for the price of that tweet, Oher could have ripped off an opponent’s helmet and landed at least three punches to the face.
 
There is a caveat with Oher’s tweet, though: it came after he injured his knee and left the game (that’s what inspired him to communicate with friends and family in the first place). So we still haven’t technically had a player tweeting while he’s in the middle of playing.

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Comments

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:39 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

This just in...  NFL to adopt policy of fining any player who looks at the camera and says "hi mom". Such an in-game infraction shall be met with steep fines and a possible 1 game suspension if the player in question were then proceed to wave.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2010 11:27 am
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

A cell phone?  Seriously?  What if he had 10 or more phone calls to make?  An email?  He'd have to list everyone to whom he wanted to send the email.  You must have a very small family and/or circle of friends (not surprising).  With twitter you can reach millions of people in 10 seconds.  I got the tweet and as soon as I did I thought he'd be in trouble for it, but I'm still glad I got it and knew that he was ok.  Retarded?  No.  Considerate?  Yes.  Still a league violation and I'm sure he'll be disciplined accordingly. 



Since: Dec 2, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:13 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

NFL IS BECOMING A DRAMA FILLED JOKE! DON'T TWEET. DON'T HIT THE QB.DON'T HIT ANYBODY TO HARD.THANK GOD FOR FANTASY FOOTBALL. I'M SICK OF THE THIS PANSY CRAP.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 11:05 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

I agree with you on Goodell.  I used to think that he was doing a good job getting some of the players in the league to act appropriately and follow the rules.  Now I think he is losing his mind.  A player gets fined the same amount of monet for Tweeting while sitting out a game injured as another player received for throwing punches in a game.  The fine levied against Johnson was ridiculous, and shows that the NFL was concerned about making sure one of their stars was playing on Thursday night.  The fine on Oher is just stupid.  Worry about what is going on on the field first, then worry about all of the ancillary stuff.



Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2010 4:20 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

No Fun League, No Fun League. Goodell you are a douche.



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:44 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine


25,000 reasons not to tweet. Some people are just retarded.



Should only need one reason not to tweet.


Twitter is gay



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Idiot!

There is an invention called a cell phone, maybe you heard of it. Maybe an email sent to your family? 25,000 reasons not to tweet. Some people are just retarded.




Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

If he can't tweet, how would Sandra Bullock know her little boy is ok???



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2010 2:11 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

so throwing haymakers is the same punishment and tweeting to let ur family know your ok after getting injurred. Thats umm interesting



Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2010 1:57 pm
 

Surprising Twitter violator could face big fine

He shouldn't be fined.  He was injured and not in the game anymore.  Who cares?


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