Twitter has claimed yet another victim in the world of sports. Chicago Sun-Times reporter Joe Cowley just said goodbye to his 9,000 followers after a series of sexist 140-character rants. The pompous dork efficiently used Twitter to build a proud reputation as–well, a pompous dork. Good boy, Joe. At least he can take some comfort in knowing that he’s just one of many sports writers who’ve made asses out of themselves via the social network. Now let’s hear it for more winners in the Sportswriters Hall of Famously Stupid Twitts:
Mike Wise at the Washington Post got his insightful butt suspended after a tweet making up news about a suspension about to be given to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger:
But the wrong fact wasn’t really the problem. For maximum idiocy, Mike then decided to act like he was making up news to prove a special point:
Tony Grossi at the Cleveland Plain Dealer had a job covering the Cleveland Browns. Forgetting he was a reporter, Grossi decided to express his opinion about team owner Randy Lerner–and then Grossi wasn’t covering the Browns anymore:
Jeremy Lin, of course, has been a very helpful figure in making sports writers look bad. For example, Jason Whitlock of FoxSports was inspired by Lin’s career-high 38 points in a game against the L.A. Lakers. Whitlock was so inspired that it got him thinking about the Asian player’s penis:
Get it? See, there’s a stereotype about Asians having small penises, and…oh, never mind. You just don’t understand new media.
As it turns out, even old-time sports writers can get nailed by Twitter, as veteran writer Roland Lazenby learned when he got overly excited about rumors that Pau Gasol was about to be traded from the L.A. Lakers. He’d later insist that he had reported what he “was hearing were ‘whispers,'” but it seems Lazenby didn’t know that Twitter is forever. Decide for yourself how sure he sounded:
The Associated Press’ Jon Krawczynski would make it to the big leagues when filing a libelous claim that NBA referee William Spooner had negotiated with a team’s coach during a game. Spooner filed a successful lawsuit after Krawczynski twittered that the ref was willing to make a false call against the rival team:
Finally, Michael Anthony Smith showed his sense of humor when the ESPN writer learned about a serious accident among bicyclists during the 2011 Tour de France:
Later, Smith felt really bad about that:
And then Smith had to quit his posturing and officially apologize–which looks to remain a new Twitter tradition amongst sportswriters. Keep rockin’, guys!