|STL - No Twitter Sense|
I think it is time for the WNBA to make their players attend some kind of social media seminar. Players don't seem to be aware that it is still a public domain and if they are saying things publicly then they seriously need to watch what they are saying.
Personally, my first issue with Twitter and a WNBA player came last year (2010) when a player (Anosike) started freely throwing the word "fag" around. Easy enough... I stopped following her and sent an email to her team and the league with screencaps of her twitter page. The team nor league never responded. Like it or not, "fag" is an offensive term.
So when Cappie Pondexter went on her rant about the Japan earthquake/tsunami, called someone a "jap" and she basically came off as a racist with no common sense at all.... it didn't suprise me that the league didn't make any kind of statement. Her team, the Liberty, made a piss poor statement saying they talked to her and she was sorry. Then 2 days after her rant she issued an apology on Twitter that was the most ridiculous apology I have ever read. And I know I'm not the only one that thinks her apology was ridiculous.
I also feel the league should have said something about it and let the fans worldwide know that their player's opinions and stupidity do not reflect what the league stands for.
Now it brings us to Angel McCoughtry. Angel got on Twitter and called her coach (Fenerbahce's coach, Lazslo Ratgeber) a racist. The only thing she offered on Twitter as to why he was a racist was that he yanked her from a game and told her he didn't want her scoring 25 points and the team still lose the game.
Granted, I don't know how she is treated over there, I don't know how players are treated by him. But if I am going to base whether he is a racist or not on the statement she made... I'm going to have to say no. I think he is telling her she is a damn shot hog and doesn't play team ball.
Well apparently Angel didn't believe in what she was saying either because she deleted her tweets and has made her account private.
The way I see it is if you believe it, stand up for it and own it!
Now word out of Turkish media is that Angel could face a fine, suspension, or even worse she could be released from her contract.
So now... this is why I say that maybe the WNBA should makes it's players attend some kind of seminar if they are going to be active on social media. Because it is obvious some of them need it.