Whether you love it or you hate it, social media has been giving everyone that has access to the internet a unique opportunity and platform to say whatever they want for some time now. It also gives us regular folk a chance to criticize or complain about famous musicians, actors, and most often, athletes. Although most people don’t use social media in this manner, there are definitely still a fair amount of faceless accounts out there that do. Now, most of the time, these types of comments are never reacted to or even seen by the target, but every once in a while, they are. What usually happens next is maybe the most entertaining thing to see on Twitter – the confrontation between superstar athlete and average joe.
Let’s be honest, when it comes to 99 percent of the population, we’re all pretty average. Yet somehow professional athletes, the ones who aren’t average, are berated on Twitter every day by the same people sitting on their couches watching the games. Just yesterday, a twitter user tweeted out that he could “easily take down” Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen due to his smaller stature. This wasn’t even talking about Cohen’s play on the field, it was simply a jab at his height and questioning if he should be in the league, while bragging about his own abilities as well. I’m not saying you shouldn’t be able to do this, but if you do, you deserve whatever might come next for calling out a professional athlete. Soon after, Cohen responded to the tweet and it ended up on a lot of people’s radars. Almost every retweet and comment was coming to the defence of Cohen, and humbling the original poster for such ridiculous and simply untrue comments.
This isn’t the first or last time a professional athlete will respond to negativity on social media, this is simply the most recent case. If you ask me, it should only happen more. So often, people think that they can hide behind keyboards and say whatever they want about others because they’re protected by anonymity. However, when the person you’re trash talking calls you out on it, you usually become the butt of the joke for a while and hopefully think twice before tweeting out something else like that. So please athletes, keep exposing the frauds for the entertainment of the rest of us.