Passion > Boring

“I have a right to an opinion” — “Unless yours disagrees with mine”

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For anyone who has been on Twitter long enough, you’ve come across either someone tweeting something “controversial” or a Twitter fight. The smallest of slights can turn into a rage against the Twitter-machine.

Or, the smallest of rages can turn into the biggest of slights according to Twitterazzi. Just ask Brad Keselowski.

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This past weekend’s NASCAR race at Talladega Super Speedway was eventful, to say the least. Dogged by rain and crashes, the intrigue grew as organizers and drivers raced (no pun intended) against the clock and Mother Nature to finish before rain and darkness hit the area.

Nearing the end of the race, a wreck involving 16 cars caused further delay to the race. Tensions were mounting. A restart was called for after the crash. Once it was all said and done, however, David Regan from small-team Front Row Sports, was the big winner of the day.

That restart and finish prompted these tweets from Brad Keselowski:

Reaction was swift on Twitter. A sampling of fan reaction:

Keselowski reaction

Needless to say, Keselowski didn’t win any fans that day. Not that he was looking to do so, because obviously he wasn’t.

 But was what he tweeted okay? Are any of us free to tweet whatever we feel like? I’m all for (relatively speaking), athletes tweeting what they want in terms of opinions, or in the case of Brad Keselowski, your feelings after an event like this.

It is, however, a fine line. Not to go all-scientific on you but “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Again, if you’ve spent time long enough on Twitter, it’s safe to say that it applies there too.

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We can tweet what we want but there can be consequences to what we tweet. Not everyone thinks or holds the same beliefs/ideals as you do. We all know that but I think Twitter has helped highlight our differences in a 140-character way. Robert Griffin III found that out recently just like Keselowski did:

Retweeted over 13 thousand times, reaction became a mixed bag of confusion as to its intent or…irritation:

Certainly aware of the response, RGIII tried to explain further:

Even this one

…didn’t satisfy some:

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Which brings me back to the question: Are we free to tweet what we want? In daily life, our actions and words can sometimes be misunderstood, misconstrued or they can be big-time screw-ups. We’ve all done it. Hopefully, when we screw up, we atone for it, apologize and grow from it. It appears Brad Keselowski has:

The apology from his website:

Brad Keselowski apology

Key statements in his apology, for me: “I was very passionate about the finish because I thought we had a chance to win the race if I restarted the race in the 10th position instead of ninth. Passion is a very important characteristic to a champion driver. That passion is not something I will apologize for.”

Keselowski apologized. Despite fans attacking him, he apologized for his Twitter rant. Because of how his tweets came across toward the winner, David Regan, I believe an apology was the appropriate course of action.

Does RGIII need to apologize? I’m sure there are those who believe he does. I am not one of them. Folks who disagreed with RGIII had every right to tweet their disagreement, provided it was respectful. But that doesn’t make them right just as what RGIII tweeted doesn’t make him right either. Agreement, in this context, is an opinion.

Again, tweet what you want (obviously not death threats, people). Opinions are yours to have and make.  Just be prepared for backlash and consequences, including being “called out”. But…

If we attack athletes, because they tweet something we don’t agree with, what’s the point of them being on Twitter? Just to sell their brand? If that’s what fans and media want, to me that makes for a very boring Twitter experience.

Passion > boring.

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CadChica Sports

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