The Twitter-verse will have to LOL without @inyoface50, @Heartbreak_mea and @BIG_O_17 until January. After Georgia Tech players sent out photos of the Yellow Jackets’ new helmet from their Twitter accounts Wednesday, coach Paul Johnson banned players from messaging on the social-media site until the season ends.
That would include the owners of the aforementioned handles, center Jay Finch, cornerback Jemea Thomas and A-back Orwin Smith.
Johnson has had no issue with players’ use of sites like Twitter and Facebook, but cautioned them to use them responsibly and to keep team matters private. Wednesday’s episode proved to be the final straw. The photo of the helmet and messages about it were taken down from players’ accounts shortly after they were posted, but not before other Twitter users began circulating them across the Internet.
Said Johnson, “Let me know if they tweet you.”
It is not an uncommon practice. Men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory doesn’t permit players to send Twitter messages. Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher instituted a Twitter ban over the summer.
“I’ve made it 55 years without tweeting,” Johnson said. “They’ll be O.K. till the end of the football season.”
Outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu called it a positive that will help the team focus more.
“People are just constantly tweeting,” he said. “Things tend to slip out on Twitter.”
Players can still use Facebook.