Lewis bans tweeting by his players

The Sports Xchange

--For a team that at one time had one of the greatest Tweeters of all time, head coach Marvin Lewis raised some eyebrows when he banned the use of all social media by his players through training camp and possibly beyond.

Things came to the surface earlier this week after Dre Kirkpatrick confirmed reports of his injury on social media. But Lewis said it has been a series of events since April that has made him evaluate things.

"I think people have to have the maturity and wherewithal to be able to handle it," Lewis said. "I don't see how tweeting is going to help us win a football game.So it's part of being selfless right now. It's not best for our football team to be involved in that. It's best that we just take care of ourselves and not announce what we're doing or not doing, or who did this or who did that, and commenting on what's going on in other spots. Let's be football players.

"I understand a lot of these guys used it in college. I'm probably a little bit naive to it. Without it being a big deal, the leaders of this football team don't see a need for it. So they handle it and it's done with."

Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who doesn't have a Twitter account, supported the move.

"Guys shouldn't be worrying about their entertainment or their fan public so much as about the football team being successful," he said. "They'll get all the fans and support they want if we're successful."

--This is the first season that the Bengals have held training camp at their own facility. With limited capacity on the practice fields, they averaged a little over 1,500 for the first weekend. Lewis said it has been a very smooth transition so far.

About the only negative of holding camp in Cincinnati has been that it can get a lot warmer there compared to when they were at Georgetown College. Whitworth also pointed that out but also thinks they will be able to adjust.

Said Whitworth: "You've got the stuff nearby that's not really one of the best fumes in the world when you're tired. It's an adjustment. You're not going to get me to complain. Guys will live. Hopefully, it's just one of those things. The first day, guys are going to suck a little wind. Guys will adjust."

--Rookie defensive tackle Devon Still, who was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year last season and graduated from Penn State in December, thought the NCAA sanctions against his alma mater were too strict but believes the program will recover.

Said Still: "I felt as though the football team didn't really have anything to do with what went on. I felt it was more of a civil matter than an NCAA matter. You're just going to have to take that on the chin and just continue to move forward."

"Some people have stressed it to me, agents at different times for marketing or one of those things that will help me get to the Pro Bowl. But that's not important to me. My entertainment is every Sunday, all the work I put in." -- Whitworth on why he does not have any social media accounts.

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