Another reporter-induced meltdown occurred in 2007 with Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy. In many instances, college kids are considered old enough to handle some criticism, but in Gundy’s eyes, they still merit some protection. Instead of criticizing the players for what happens on the field, Gundy implored the reporter to: "Come after me! I’m a man! I’m 40!”
Fans can always count on athletes and coach to go overboard — on Twitter, in press conferences or in everyday life — and keep things a little bit too real. Here's a look at some memorable social media missteps.
LA Kings' official Twitter feed
Galiardi gets a penalty for running over Quick. Power play Kings. Kopitar just got sexually assaulted in front of Niemi. — @TheKevinRyder via @LA Kings The defending Stanley Cup champs fell victim to that wildest of cards, a morning radio DJ. During Game 4 of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals vs. the San Jose Sharks, the team turned KROQ-FM morning host Kevin Ryder — who has had a somewhat rocky history — loose on the Kings' official Twitter feed, and he sent the regrettable tweet above. The team apologized profusely for the shock jock's error. Ryder also apologized.
"I’m homophobic just like I’m arachnophobic.I have nothing against homosexuals or spiders but I’d still scream if I found one in my bathtub !" — @BrandonSpikes55 For no apparent reason, the New England Patriots linebacker decided to share his fears. Apparently getting fined or suspended isn't one of them. Spikes later tweeted that he was kidding, but ... c'mon, man.
"At a late night movie in Denver yall pray for me !" — @TonyCarter904 The Denver Broncos cornerback didn't see a problem with making a joke referencing the Aurora, Colo. shootings ... until the mother of journalist Jessica Ghawi, who was killed in the massacre, used her Twitter account to call him out. “Class act, Carter!” she wrote. “My daughter would have covered Bronco training if she hadn’t been MURDERED in Aurora JERK. What’s sad is he really thought he was FUNNY! I hope the retweets are from shock & not support.” Carter later apologized.
TJ Lang and Tom Crabtree
“**** it NFL…Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.” — @TJLang70 “13th man beat us tonight” -- @TCrabtree83 Green Bay Packers guard TJ Lang displayed the most displeasure with the replacement officials following the Packers' infamous Monday night loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Teammate Tom Crabtree took a less explicit route, but Crabtree still found a way to jab the replacement refs. Crabtree and Lang were not the only NFL players to weigh in on the situation. Many current and former NFL players took to Twitter to criticize the refs, and not surprisingly, the real refs were back the next week.
“I love this league and love the game of football, but tonight’s debacle hurts me greatly. This is NOT the league we’re supposed to represent.” — @drewbrees Brees called out the NFL after the "Monday Night Football" debacle.
“These games are a joke” — @TroyAikman Aikman didn't mince words when talking about the games with replacement referees.
“HOLY ****!!!!!!! These poor officials don’t know what to do!! Crazy finish just like yesterday.” — @michaelstrahan Strahan wasn't believing what he was seeing after back-to-back controversial finishes with the Patriots and Packers.
My time bringing in the New Year was great! Thanks to family & a lil Blue Bell country ice cream - @AdrianPeterson While most Vikings fans were out celebrating the 2012 New Year at parties, Adrian Peterson was celebrating in a hospital bed after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his knee. Save the twitpic for the next time you're clothed Adrian!
Y'all can go back to being Broke & Miserable...now back to regular scheduled programming... Damn what I said was not intended nor toward any fans of Detroit...what is wrong with y'all...y'all took it how y'all wanted to #getoffme - @LockDown717 Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry took some heat about posting a tweet to someone that he later deleted. Some readers assumed he was responding to Lions fan who attacked him on the social media. But while he did deny that's who he was referring to in his first tweet, he never really clarified who exactly he expected would go back to "being Broke & Miserable." As a general rule, think before you tweet.
@santonio10 you want to be my Valentine? — @Mark_Sanchez We think it's nice that New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez is trying to fix his relationship with wide receiver Santonio Holmes. We're just not sure if taking to Twitter to find a Valentine's Day date is the best way to do that. Hope Santonio at least liked the cookies!
Just Heard Who The Snitch Was -- @QBKILLA BINGO! RT @elnicastro: Shockey..? -- @QBKILLA @QBKILLA @elnicastro my (expletive)!! I don't even play defense! Haha -- @JeremyShockey @JeremyShockey that's not the issue! -- @QBKILLA @QBKILLA ask the comish haha -- @JeremyShockey There was a war of Twitter words on the day that the NFL handed down its harsh penalty for the New Orleans Saints' Bountygate scandal. Former NFL player Warren Sapp took to Twitter to say he knew who snitched on the team and confirmed to a follower that it was Jeremey Shockey. That seemed to be news to Shockey, who came back at Sapp with his response to the allegations. Talk about airing dirty laundry.
@ThePack_Man: Y would @JonVilma51 use the #SI cover of the bounty scandle?”bc Jon Vilma can.-- @JonVilma51 Perhaps Jonathan Vilma should have avoided the social media spotlight in light of the NFL’s investigation of the New Orleans Saints. Although, judging from Vilma’s answer to a Twitter follower … maybe not.
The NFL really needs to kiss and make up with the refs. These replacements are horrible. Frankly, it's kind of embarrassing -- @ChrisWarcraft NFL gossip circles aren’t usually abuzz with inflammatory comments by punters. Unless you happen to be talking about the Minnesota Vikings’ Chris Kluwe. Known for his quick wit and gumption, Kluwe sounded off in the preseason about the NFL’s use of replacement refs. Maybe not the best conversation to start on Twitter.
Ray Rice and Ryan Clark
"Well it looks like Hines Ward will miss week 1 when the lockout ends DUI charge not a good look." — @RayRice27 "So glad you could Weigh in. Thx," — @RealRClark25 "it's whatever u wanna do bro you know how to find me." — @RayRice27 "I hear ya brother.Thought we were all better than that. Wouldnt speak negative of you. I'll find you!It's not hard. God bless," — @RealRClark25 Way to stick up for your teammates. Steelers safety Ryan Clark lent Twitter support to teammate Hines Ward following Rice's initial tweet and found himself in a Twitter feud of his own. Leave the beef off Twitter, everyone.
"I love Cincy, but coach Lewis is mean to me now so I think I am gone." "He has gone overboard to publicly chastize the one guy who loves him. I'm so hurt." — @ochocinco Why talk to a coach personally when you can take your spat public over Twitter? Former Bengal Chad Ochocinco took the opportunity to air his dirty laundry with then-coach Marvin Lewis. Clearly the two couldn't work out their differences ... the flamboyant receiver moved on and played with the Patriots the following year. His oversharing was pretty over the top during the lockout, and it was about to hit a new high with his reality show — before it got canceled.
"What kind of person celebrates death? It's amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak. We've only heard one side." "We'll never know what really happened. I just have a hard time believing a plane could take a skyscraper down demolition style." — @R_Mendenhall Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall took to Twitter to react to the news of the death of Osama bin Laden. His controversial tweets eventually led to one sponsor dropping him.
"3-7 ain't a record to be proud of I'm just proud I ain't you get a life or kill urself." — @JabarGaffney Former Washington Redskins receiver Jabar Gaffney wrote this tweet to respond to a fan taunting him after a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He later clarified that he really didn't want the fan to harm himself.
Today is a great day... Congrats to @robgronkowski for setting a record! Very impressive (: — @xxxBiBiJones Perhaps Gronk should warn his friends about posting shirtless pictures of him on Twitter in the future.
Unlike some athletes who try to appear stoic, Terrell Owens has never tried to hide his emotions. Despite knowing that, many were shocked when, as a member of the Cowboys in 2008, Owens’ passionate defense of quarterback Tony Romo materialized in the form of tears streaming down his face. More recently there was his reality show and the showdown with the mothers of his children on "Dr. Phil." Enough.
Tyrann Mathieu and AJ McCarron
Try throwing a corner route or a cross country on me this year!!! I’ll be waiting!!! — @TM7_Era U can talk ab stopping something.. But actions speak louder than words. Remember that. #neworleans #14 — @10AJMcCarron @TheKennyBell7 I guess we will have to match up the real 7 with theirs. I’m taking our number all day — @10AJMcCarron A little Twitter feud started between former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron following LSU’s defeat at the hands of the Crimson Tide in the 2012 national championship. However, since that time, Mathieu has been released by the football program, so a rematch for these two seems unlikely.
Bleed green #SpartanForLife - @N_Hill2032 Michigan State running back Nick Hill received some positive responses from Spartan fans after posting this photo of his new team-inspired tattoo on his torso. Guess some athletes don't mind letting it all hang out.
"Hi. Yes, I hacked you lol. You are the most disgraceful person I have ever met in my entire left! You cheated on me our entire relationship!" — @DenardX Denard Robinson learned the hard way that he should get a better Twitter password after his ex-girlfriend broke into his account and posted some less-than-flattering tweets about the Michigan QB. Hey Denard, we suggest your don't change your password to "password."