John Rocker strikes out in Twitter war

When trolls feed trolls. (Images from Twitter)

When trolls feed trolls. (Images from Twitter)

Once upon a time, John Rocker was a great pitcher.

Unfortunately, for the former Braves closer and readers of this blog, there’s no such thing as Humor Enhancing Drugs.

A Sports Illustrated blog reports the verbal flamethrower recently got into a war of words on Twitter with a parody account. If you’ve never used Twitter, let me assure you there are plenty of people out there pretending to be something they’re not.

Wednesday, Rocker tweeted a rape joke he thought was funny: “I have a question: if u have sex with a prostitute and refuse to pay is that considered rape or theft?”

The parody account PFTCommenter, which pokes fun at the bad grammar used by commenters on the Pro Football Talk website, picked up the challenge.

“What did ur lawyer say?” PFTCommenter replied.

In the long, unprintable by a family newspaper exchange that followed, “humanity in general” was the biggest loser, writes Sports Illustrated writer Dan Treadway.

Another parody Twitter account recently asked Twitter “I’ve heard of the trolls, but are there internet elves?”

The answer is yes. And it’s best not to throw them a softball.

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28 comments Add your comment


February 27th, 2014
9:41 am

I highly doubt this is real. It’s an unverified account. I can’t believe AJC would even publish this without it being verified by Twitter.


February 27th, 2014
9:45 am

How can a user that makes fun of bad grammar think it’s okay to use ur instead of typing the other two letters to spell your?


February 27th, 2014
9:47 am

The real question is, why does the AJC or anyone else for that matter, care what he has to say?

Hidden Agenda

February 27th, 2014
10:00 am

Once again, despite linking to some great, thought-provoking and actually relevant articles, you chose the most pointless one to get comments on. Sadly the fish took the bait and probably never bothered to read any of the others.

Big MO

February 27th, 2014
10:04 am

I thought Rocker stuck out, got owned? Looks to me PFTC got owned.

richard "dick" head

February 27th, 2014
10:05 am

john rocker another old has been ballplayer tryin to get some attention,fade away you old fool


February 27th, 2014
10:12 am

Why is this news? AJC=TMZ

Good Grief

February 27th, 2014
10:14 am

There are tons of fake accounts on social media. When users start surpassing the population you know it’s a growing problem.

Why would semi pro cyber troll try to out wit major league troll John Rocker?


February 27th, 2014
10:14 am

fes – it’s called parody. PFTC intentionally uses bad grammar, horrendous arguments, and offensive stereotypes to lampoon the true idiots. It’s far more effective (and funny) than simply saying “hey, what you are saying is grammatically incorrect and morally wrong.”


February 27th, 2014
10:42 am

He was always a jerk not surpirsed.

ugh immature

February 27th, 2014
10:51 am

This guy is still in high school. Grow up.

Major Felcher

February 27th, 2014
11:40 am

Rocker 4 President


February 27th, 2014
11:43 am

I stopped reading @ “Once upon a time, John Rocker was a great pitcher.”

Really? That is where we have lowered the “great” bar to?

The Geezer

February 27th, 2014
12:03 pm

People who post on blogs need to learn that it is incorrect English for writers to use a preposition to end a sentence with.

Hidden Agenda

February 27th, 2014
12:34 pm

And yet you missed the most important article for the citizens of Atlanta. It seems the POLICE STATE is coming to our town in a big way.

“12K cameras to give Atlanta police broader window to city”

The city that isn’t too busy to spy on your every move. What did freedom look like? I forget.


February 27th, 2014
12:35 pm

Rocker is not much different than many who post on here, one in particular.


February 27th, 2014
12:37 pm

HA, under Obama and Holder there is no such thing as “freedom” anymore. It has vanished and we are well on our way to a dictatorial government.


February 27th, 2014
12:41 pm


That boy running and snorting in from the bullpen sure got the juices flowing in an otherwise boring game.


February 27th, 2014
12:46 pm

Rocker was a very good pitcher and man could he fire up the crowd…loved it.

Agree LadyGAGADawg freedom under the King O is dead… God Bless America we need it.

Mayor Kasim Reed

February 27th, 2014
1:11 pm

I would like to answer Rockers joke question;

” if u have sex with a prostitute and refuse to pay is that considered rape or theft?”

That’s called making a Hormone!


February 27th, 2014
1:52 pm

I’ve met Rocker and I know about the non-profits he supports for veterns;he IS crude, but much more philanthropic than the vast majority of narcissistic Atlantans. I don’t defend him, but is clearly a multifaceted individual.

Bull Connor

February 27th, 2014
2:30 pm

John Rocker is the man!!!!


February 27th, 2014
2:46 pm

A GREAT PITCHER! LOL….rofl! Now that is Funny….John Rocker HAD The POTENTIAL to be a Great Pitcer is more in line with reality.

jOHN AS usual lets his MOUTH over loads his BUTT.

George Mathis

February 27th, 2014
3:58 pm

He struck out 12 batters per 9 innings and saved a lot of games for the Braves, and generally made hitters fear for their lives, and at one time I considered him a great pitcher. I am not always right, however.

Ghost of Spurrier

February 27th, 2014
4:40 pm

It’s easy to explain why the AJC posted this: They hate Rocker. They hate him because of of what he said in 99. Big Deal. The AJC is so liberal. Go hug a tree AJC.


February 27th, 2014
5:16 pm

Bernie31 doesn’t like Rocker cause “she” is a African Non-American bigot.

Rocker was a terror as a relief pitcher until his mental meltdown. He struck out Mike Piazza in New York one night to retire the side and fans were pelting him with batteries and ice as he walked to the dugout and he just laughed out loud and pointed at them and said “I just struck out your best hitter”. It was awesome.

Tracey Rust

February 27th, 2014
7:03 pm

National Enquirer or AJC?


February 27th, 2014
9:17 pm

What you talkin’ ’bout Boxtradamas? Bernie31 is a SHE? Please, do tell ALL ….