August 05, 2009
Hours after The Denver Post raised questions about whether his tweets were written in a way commonly associated with street gangs, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith pulled the plug on his Twitter page on Tuesday. He presumably didn't think it was worth all the bad publicity.
His last message to fans before it was closed late Tuesday afternoon: "ok people i love all of my fans im sorry but this will be my last tweet you know why but it is what it is love all an tke Care"
Smith's tweets raised print eyebrows after someone noticed he was occasionally replacing words that would have a "C" in them with a "K," giving some the impression of an association with the Bloods street gang. (Kudos for the capital "C" jab above, kid.) Smith tried to correct the issue in a tweet late Monday night, but ultimately decided to close the account, according to The Denver Post.
This unfortunate news comes on the heels of NFL'er Antonio Cromartie being fined $2,500 for using Twitter to complain about food at training camp and a new memo prohibiting ESPN personalities from tweeting info unless it serves the ESPN agenda.
Sadly, it appears as though the days of "unfiltered access" via Twitter, Facebook and Ustream are behind us.
Except for Marbury, of course. Ain't no one putting him in a box!
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