How much access is too much in sports?
Social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter allow fans to gain an inside look into the lives of their favorite celebrities and sports stars. However, it seems that for some elite athletes, the internet may be more of any enemy than a friend.
HypeBeast.com reports 20 years ago sports greats were able to do as they pleased in their personal lives as long as they still played the best on the court, field or in any other arena. Now, the moves and thoughts of athletes like Shaquille O'Neal, Chad Ochocinco and Hope Solo are out there for everyone to pick apart, and believe it or not, they do. Even heads of companies get in on the name calling behind the safety of the internet with little to no realization that once they hit send they can't take the comments back.
This was the case for Jason Petrie, senior Nike footwear designer who tweeted a negative post about Derrick Rose after he suffered a devastating knee injury in 2011. He sent out a tweet implying that the accident had occurred because Rose had recently signed endorsement deals with adidas over Nike. He retracted his statement saying it was a "joke gone wrong."
Recently it was also proven that not even royalty is safe from camera phones or the internet. CNN reports leaked photos of a nude Prince Harry were recently sold to TMZ. The prince had reportedly been playing strip pool and somehow someone at the party got the full monty shot of the prince and sold it for a huge cut.
This begs the question, how much access is too much? Should league commissioners be monitoring players' Twitter and Facebook accounts or should every person be held accountable for their thoughts both on and off the playing field?