(Old) Athletes Using Social Media Wrong

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

(Old) Athletes Using Social Media Wrong

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    For reasons I'm still trying to figure out, both my mom and dad have been blowing it up on social media lately, hashtagging ridiculous things and tagging my sisters and me in everything—on Facebook.

    And while this is something that has shown they're just trying to change with the times at 60 years old, it's also embarrassingly funny seeing them create tags that make no sense at all.

    That got me thinking about some older athletes who tend to do the same thing, reminding us all that social media should be left to a younger generation.

Mike Tyson

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    I have to admit that it was actually kind of funny seeing former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson tweet out the teaser video for the Black Keys' new album—even if it was random as all hell.

    But besides that tweet, Tyson doesn't really know what he's doing on social media.

    That's all I can think of after seeing the tweet he sent out a few years ago talking about how Evander Holyfield's BBQ sauce is "ear-lickin' good."

    It's all tongue-in-cheek—presumably—but come on, man, that bite is what got you banned from boxing!

Hulk Hogan

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    Hulk Hogan might be a wrestling legend, but he's surely not one when it comes to social media.

    The Hulkster proved that with this weird tweet last year of his daughter Brooke Hogan, specifically pointing out how nice her legs were.

    Love from a dad for his daughter is great to see.

    This, though? Way past the creepy line—regardless of any defense from Brooke herself.

Jose Canseco

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    At this point in his life, does anyone really consider Jose Canseco a former athlete anymore?

    That's not to say that he didn't have some solid moments—and less memorable ones—during his 17-year MLB career, but with all the stunts he has done since retiring, it's hard to take this guy seriously.

    And if you've ever peeked at his Twitter account, it'll give you more reasons to shake your head.

    With weird thoughts about global warming potentially saving the Titanic—among others—Canseco should put down the phone for awhile and remember that this stuff's public.

Chad Johnson

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    We probably all know that former wideout Chad Johnson has only stayed popular after his career because of his Twitter account—so maybe he's actually doing something right.

    Still, I'm arguing against that because Johnson pleas so blatantly on social media to draw attention to himself that it's actually a little sad.

    Whether it's tweeting out his phone number to fans in 2010, or when he depressingly talked about having to create himself on Madden a couple years ago, Johnson pulls out all the stops to stay in the mainstream—which is a bit annoying.

Gilbert Arenas

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    Former NBA baller Gilbert Arenas has nothing to do except spend all of his money—no, seriously.

    With so much free time on his hands, Agent Zero also likes to take to Twitter every once in awhile, letting all of his followers know what's going on with him.

    But when a guy goes ape on there—as he has in the past—especially when talking about the money he has, it sounds like that rich, old guy who is way too into himself.

    Gilbert should just take his money and fade away, because he's not hooping any longer.

Ozzie Guillen

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    Although he's no longer a manager, most of us aware that when Ozzie Guillen was one, he never held back from giving his honest opinion.

    And while that can be endearing at times—even if it got him in trouble—Guillen's approach to doing it on his Twitter account probably isn't the best move.

    Yeah, some of it is funny, but most people Ozzie's age aren't doing things like this.

Les Miles

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    Current head coach of the LSU Tigers football team, Les Miles probably hears a lot of crazy chants and words from a variety of people down in Baton Rouge.

    And, apparently, it's starting to rub off on the guy, too.

    That's my only guess after reading the "Woeojuwejhdjwe" tweet that Miles sent out in exuberance following an LSU win over North Carolina a few seasons ago.

    Seeing how Miles first yelled it at the podium and then tweeted it makes this a classic, dad humor moment.

Lenny Dykstra

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    Former MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra hasn't had a great last few years.

    He's dealt with legal issues and some drug problems that have seen him go in and out of the courtroom.

    And because of those issues, Dykstra got into even hotter water thanks to his Twitter account, where he let his opinion be heard by ripping into his manager, Dan Herman, who was threatening to revoke his bond.

    Thankfully, the dude has seemingly cut ties with his account.

Lawrence Taylor

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    He's one of the best defenders to ever suit up in the NFL, but former New York Giants great Lawrence Taylor isn't so great at keeping his thoughts to 140 characters.

    You see, it's not that LT has embarrassed himself by posting something insanely stupid or regrettable to his verified account, it's that he hasn't tweeted more than just 11 times. Love that he still has a healthy ego, though

    But for his lack of tweeting, I say Twitter sacks Taylor until he's more active—if you have it, use it! It's not like LT has ever been shy.

Lance Armstrong

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    At one time in his life, former cyclist Lance Armstrong was the cream of the crop in the sports world, getting fans to support him for battling back from cancer and winning seven Tour de Frances.

    But then his PED admission to Oprah Winfrey happened in early 2013, stripping him of his legacy after the International Cycling Union stripped him of his yellow jerseys.

    That didn't stop Armstrong from tweeting out a photo of himself lounging around on his couch with the jerseys still hanging on the wall, though, proving that he's both cocky as hell and a little bit delusional—seeing how no one else recognizes him as the champ anymore.

    Time to move on, Lance.

Steve Elkington

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    At 51 years old, PGA golfer Steve Elkington isn't someone who most sports fans think to follow when on social media—and given his past, he probably loses followers pretty fast.

    That's because Elkington hasn't had one mishap, but two, with him first having some interesting comments about the town of Southport, England, at last year's Senior British Open—along with possibly racist ones—and then going after Michael Sam earlier this year.

    It might be time for Elk to think about things before hitting send.