Should the Stamps have suspended Nik Lewis, instead of “Banning Twitter?”
What kind of stupid comment can get a team banned from using one of the most popular social media platforms? (The Calgary Stampeders did not really ban Twitter – it has been strongly suggested that players not use Twitter until the end of the season
Well Nik Lewis, slot back for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders, demonstrates what kind of stupid comment can do just that. Take a look
“I just bought O.J.’s gloves on EBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole #MaybeALittleToFar
How’s that?? Hilarious – right?
I guess Lewis thought it was
Lewis is not shy to use Twitter to agitate other teams. Today’s version of smack talk. He is a known commodity in “twitterverse” as it were
I have no issue with that. I think it is actually kinda cool toady that sports fans can get close to their sports teams and players. You can see the banter online and participate etc… It adds a whole new level to following teams and the sport.
Its asinine comments like Lewis have no place online, in my opinion anyway. His insensitivity to Nicole Browns family who lost a daughter, to the Goldman family who lost a son, or to the mulititude of people who suffer from domestic violence is not what angers me most. His comments are plain stupid and really speak to the kind of “quality person” that he appears to be.
No, my beef today is so much with the adle minded Lewis as I am with the nutless league (The CFL) and team in question (Calgary Stampeders)
The punsihment of a fine and “suggestive banning of Twitter” until the end of the season speaks volumes as to what is more important to the organizations. Its all about winning a game (the Western Final is this weekend in Vancouver — The Stamps vs The Lions — Lewis is too important to suspend
The fact that this person (Lewis) represents, and speaks for the league and the team, and what they believe in when he (Lewis) tweets (he is an employee of the Calgary Stampeders and he is and employee of the CFL); I find it amazing that nothing more was done.
In the “real” world of employment, a comment like that could and most likely would get you suspended and probably fired. Again, because you the “tweeter” are a representative of the organization you work for. I know my employer would be pissed and would be concerned that I would damage their reputation, as I, like Lewis, are well known online spokespeople for themselves, as well as the companies we work for. The blurring of lines is very difficult (a blog post I had written some time ago regarding this topic – check it out here — http://kenskool.com/post/5526436207
The league and the team should have fined, suspended for this weekend and maybe even the final, and perhaps could have considered asking him to no longer represent their respective organizations (nice way of saying he should have been let go).
His comments were insensitive, tasteless and without humor. The make him look like an ass and I may opinion make his team and the league look no better.
Think before you post!! Seriously!
Ciao for now @kootenayborn