Posted by ajamison 2 years, 9 months ago

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It happened again. I’ve seen it happen on numerous occasions and I guarantee this won’t be the last time either. Someone posts to social media in the heat of the moment without taking into consideration the repercussions of their message.

Case in point. On Jan. 29, Chargers owner Dean Spanos announced that the Chargers would remain in San Diego for the 2016 season and he hoped to work out a stadium deal with the city. When the news broke, many players began to share their excitement. On Chargers.com, Philip Rivers said, “Obviously I’m fired up, as I know the guys will be in that building. Hopefully the fans are as fired up as we are. We get at least one more go out at Qualcomm and in San Diego. It is exciting news, so I am fired up.” On Twitter, Danny Woodhead posted, “Can’t wait for this season and knowing we will be playing at HOME! Let’s go San Diego!”

The talk of the Chargers leaving San Diego the past few months has been tough. It’s been sad. It’s been emotional. To receive this news and get these reactions from the players confirms that they also wanted to stay and they’re pumped to be here (at least for another year).

Then there’s Melvin Ingram and Keenan Allen. These two could have picked their messages a little more wisely. Melvin tweeted, “Staying in San Diego 4 another year. Every home game better be sold out. Charger blue everywhere Fans got what they wanted Now come support” while Allen tweeted, “So it's looks like we are going to be in San Diego for another season. The stadium better be packed. The fans got what they wanted.”

Needless to say, the replies started rolling in and fans were outraged.

The best responses came from San Diego’s Mighty 1090 broadcaster Scott Kaplan when he replied to both via Twitter with, “My man! How bout you guys go 12-4, watch what happens in this town! #experience” and “How bout you guys stay healthy and go 12-4, do your part and the fans will be there!”

I couldn’t have said it better myself. What’s the morale of the story? Similar to how you should think before you speak, it’s also important to think before you tweet. If you’re heated about something, take a few minutes to collect your thoughts. If you’re posting to social media, take time to think about what you’re putting out there and consider your audience. I’d like to think that if both Ingram and Allen had another chance to re-write their feelings before putting it out on the Twitterverse they would have.

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