Athletes are trying to be more safety-conscious these days.
Social media allows anyone to have access to their personal and public lives, so many pros are only using apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat for professional reasons like product endorsements or to gain attention to a charitable cause.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) May 12, 2017
Of course, not all athletes have this M.O.
There are a lot of pro ball players who tweet their opinions on social issues, politics, and even just like the interaction with fans.
There is no right or wrong way to go; every athlete can choose to take the Internet route as they see fit.
I haven't done anything but say L Train because Lamarcus had a good quarter lol https://t.co/lt5xb3kuBA
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) May 14, 2017
Regardless of their social media usage preferences, athletes need to beware of another thing that creeps in the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet: the deep, dark creeps.
Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people out there that see a celeb or athlete and think it’s the prime opportunity to take a video and post it online.
Sometimes it ends horribly, at other times it actually helps.
— CompuBox (@CompuBox) May 7, 2017
After Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. lost to Canelo Alvarez on May 6th and found out that the Internet can work against you and for you almost simultaneously.