If Twitter was a curiosity coming into this year, it became a full-blown thing in 2012. From Brad Keselowski tweeting in his race car during the Daytona 500 to Pat Neshek's gut-wrenching announcement that his newborn son had died, athletes took to Twitter to reveal a side of themselves (and their jobs) we'd never seen before.
Here are 12 of the best tweets from 2012:
Steve Nash gets a warm (beer) welcome to Los Angeles:
Michigan recruit shows Ohio State what he feels about Ohio State:
Pat Neshek's gut-wrenching news about his newborn son:
Please pray for my family.Tonight my wife & I lost our first & only son 23 hours after he was born with no explanation.
— Pat Neshek (@PatNeshek) October 4, 2012
Donald Trump sent the following message to the New York Yankees:
A-Rod must be dropped in the Yankees line-up tonight if they want to win. He simply can't perform without drugs.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2012
Six days after being hit in the head with a line drive, A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy was discharged from the hospital and promptly tweeted the following:
WELL IF BEING DISCHARGED FROM THE HOSPITAL ISNT THE BEST TIME TO ASK ABOUT A THREESOME THEN IM FRESH OUT OF IDEAS
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) September 11, 2012
A not-so-subtle tweet from Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories this year:
Back in Austin and just layin' around... mob.li/_r4zAz
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) November 10, 2012
LeBron was ecstatic that he finally won a championship:
OMFG I think it just hit me, I'm a CHAMPION!! I AM a CHAMPION!!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 22, 2012
T.J. Lang, after Green Bay lost to the Seattle Seahawks in the now-infamous Hail-Mary-that-wasn't game (expletive redacted):
Would Justin Durant boycott Chick-Fil-A if the restaurant supported slavery?
— Justin Durant (@JDurant52) August 1, 2012
Brad Keselowski tweeted from his car… DURING the Daytona 500:
Hope Solo wasn't so happy with Brandi Chastain's commentary during a USA women's soccer game:
— Hope Solo (@hopesolo) July 28, 2012
Deron Williams used Twitter to announce his new home:
Made a very tough decision today.... lockerz.com/s/222071318
— Deron Williams (@DeronWilliams) July 3, 2012