UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 28, at 7:37 p.m. ET by Ryan Rudnansky
McCoy, who initially claimed his Twitter account was hacked after his tirade, has since admitted that he was responsible for the tweets and has apologized for his actions, according to CSNPhilly.com.
His statement read, via the CSN Philly report:
In light of the recent events that played out over Twitter this past weekend, I would like to express how deeply sorry and remorseful I am to my family, the Philadelphia Eagles, my fans, and every young person who views me as a role model. This is not who I am as a person, nor the image I ever wanted to portray of myself. It’s definitely not the example I want to set for my son. My Twitter account was not hacked. I take full responsibility and I apologize for trying to make it seem like it was not me. Due to my bad judgment and frustration, I allowed a very personal matter to be played out on a social network, of all things. It was immature and unprofessional for me to do so and to encourage others to join in.”
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Since McCoy's Twitter account has been deleted, we don't have direct access to the exchange. However, Robert Littal of BlackSportsOnline.com posted a lengthy screen grab of the entire verbal assault that chronicles their Twitter exchange.
What McCoy says and does in his personal life is his business, but using Twitter as a way to express your anger and/or frustration with another human being is only going to make things difficult on you, especially when you are a high-profile athlete.
McCoy has to understand that everything he says—on Twitter, on Facebook, to reporters, etc.—reflects on him and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now, instead of trying to keep this issue in-house and talking it over in a calm, rational way, McCoy has to explain what happened to the Eagles, who will then have to answer questions about this to the media and, possibly, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The smartest thing McCoy could have done after this public blowup is get off Twitter. He appears to have done that, or someone did it for him, because his profile is gone.
Social media is a great thing because it gives fans and athletes a chance to interact that they otherwise wouldn't have. But it can also be a detriment if it is used in vitriolic ways, which it clearly was in McCoy's case.
Taking a break, either temporary or permanent, from the social-media spotlight is the best thing for McCoy and the Eagles right now.
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