Speaking Of Twitter Dysfunction, It’s The Cardinals

By now, you know our delight with the advent of Twitter; while 95% of athlete correspondence is stuff like “hey what’s up!!!” and “workin out lol,” there’s a small fraction of it in which everything that a player’s coached not to say to the media actually comes out. That, of course, is where the fun lies.

Twitter Fail Whale Marcus Fitzgerald
(It’s always a good day when the Fail Whale comes to play.)

But while the NFL is cracking down on its players’ Twitter usage, just as we always feared, discord has found a way to circumvent the rules, because discord always finds a way. If order beat disorder, there wouldn’t have been any crime in the last 3,500 years. Here, our agent of mischief is the family of NFL players; specifically, Larry Fitzgerald’s brother Marcus, a football player himself at Marshall, has a few choice words for Kurt Warner after Sunday’s Arizona game. Isn’t that right, “old ass man”?

Per Dan Bickley’s blog at the ARIZONA REPUBLIC:

During Sunday’s 31-17 win over Jacksonville, an account said to belong to Marcus Fitzgerald - Larry’s
little brother - featured numerous tweets insulting Kurt Warner. One tweet called Warner an “old ass man.”

The reason? He wasn’t throwing the ball to Larry enough.

But here’s the tweet that’s going to cause some minor problems for Fitzgerald:

“Just got off the phone with my brother. he’s happy about the win. But PISSED he didn’t get the ball thrown 2 him much!”

The Tweets have since been deleted, of course, since that’s what happens every time.

Fitzgerald may have a right to be upset, since while Warner went 23/25 on the day (a new NFL record for accuracy), Fitzgerald only saw the ball thrown to him five times, resulting in four catches and a pedestrian 34 yards. No TDs, of course, something his fantasy owners don’t need to be reminded about. Anquan Boldin, by the way, was thrown to nine times for eight catches and 69 yards.

But this is typical wideout behavior. Remember when the tables were turned and Fitzgerald was going bananas in the Super Bowl? Boldin was upset back then and spent most of the off-season demanding a trade. He, of course, came back to Arizona.

Now, understand one thing, when we say “typical wideout behavior,” we don’t mean it’s an excuse to roll your eyes and do the wanking motion and decry the sad state of the sport. Just about every wide receiver goes through the frustration of perceiving abandonment from his quarterback. Fitzgerald didn’t even express this publicly; that was all done by his brother. Further, these being professional athletes, any lingering resentment is probably gone by, oh, yesterday. It’s the nature of the game and the nature of man-drama. It happens, we vent, we move on.

Anyway, since the Tweets were deleted,  they’ve since been replaced by the nicer cliches about how Marcus doesn’t speak for his brother, Marcus was acting in jest, Marcus was just expressing his own frustration. Well, calling them cliches isn’t fair; they’re probably all true. The world’s back in order either way. But the lesson the league should take from this episode? You can’t actually control the way your players use Twitter, only the way they’re supposed to.