Richard Sherman, defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks, and Michael Crabtree, wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, provided their followers with a prime example of a negative interaction between athletes on social media. Following an intense game in the NFC championship and a heated exchange of words and actions, both of these athletes posted comments about each other on twitter.
These social media interactions fueled an on-going crisis for the reputations of both players, as well as their respected organizations. This example became the face of twitter beef for sports fans because 1) it is recent, and 2) because it created animosity between fans of both of those organizations (as if they needed it).
Personally, I thought both athletes let their emotions following that game get the most of them. Social media should be a platform for connection and a means to bridge the gap of communication between Tweeter and follower, not for bashful means aimed for taunting purposes. What do you think about this specific example? Or of any instance of “twitter beef” between professional athletes?