Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune described the role of social media, specifically Twitter, in the relationship between athletes and fans. Twitter allows athletes to promote their teams and universities, and communicate with fans, but it also makes them more accessible to feedback. In today’s social media landscape, athletes are praised by fans on Twitter, but they also receive harsh criticisms that can sometimes include death threats.
Athletes have long been trained to ignore newspaper coverage and talk radio, to avoid criticism and block out the noise after the games end. But the proliferation of Twitter and the social media platform’s 302 million users allows vitriol to hit people in a place that’s hard to avoid, especially for this phone-clutching generation of college athletes.
“It’s very natural for 20-year-old kids, first thing after the game, to go check Twitter,” said the Gophers’ Richard Pitino, one of three Big Ten men’s basketball coaches to ban his team from Twitter last season. “That’s just part of being a student athlete in today’s world. Everybody can say, ‘Oh, it doesn’t bother me.’ That’s nonsense. If it didn’t bother you, you wouldn’t read it.”
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