Photo courtesy Getty Images

Photo courtesy Getty Images

I like to think of myself as a pretty permissive guy. Live and let live, I usually say. If it’s not hurting or bothering you, than why do you care if people do it?

But I also like to think of myself as someone who follows common sense. And that is why I don’t feel like I’m reaching too far when I say maybe everyone in sports should just quit twitter.

It’s fun. Hell, it’s addicting. From one addict to another, I’ll give you that, but where’s the upside?

I mean we’ve heard all the stories that have made us roll our eyes. Falcons Wide Receiver Roddy White saying the jurors of the George Zimmermann Trial should go home and kill themselves. Johnny Manziel taking on his “haters” by posting pics of his Heisman trophy. And, now, most recently Lee Westwood’s rant yesterday morning.

So we know all too well how it can go wrong, but how can it go right? We know twitter can mar players careers, but has it ever helped them? I mean even one?

For athletes, twitter is the mysterious woman in a tiny black number sitting in the hotel bar. Sure, in theory, you could have a little fun and everything would  be fine, but you also could get caught with your pants down (more than one time, too, if you’re some guys).

Why? That’s all I could thing as I read Lee Westwood’s barrage of tweets yesterday. Why are athletes on here? What happened to the days where surly and scorned players pissed and moaned to their buddies in a bar, not the world wide web?

And look, these guys that are getting in trouble with their twitter accounts aren’t saying the most heinous of things. In fact, most times they have a point or two. But sometimes being right doesn’t mean being IN the right.

How else can you explain Chris Bosh getting criticized for calling out Miami fair-weather basketball fans? Or T.J. Lang posting a phone number for Roger Goodell’s office following the replacement referee debacle on Monday Night Football?

That’s why, if you ask me, every athlete, coach, executive, trainer, and anyone who could possibly represent a pro sports brand should hop off of Twitter immediately. There’s no upside here. You’re only flirting with disaster. Just think how our opinions of so many guys and gals in pro sports would be different had we not read their tweets?

So, sports stars, if you want to vent using your thumbs, text a buddy. Or, better yet, vent by using a different finger!

Just make sure there’s no cameras around. Because if there is, it’ll be trending immediately.

When Bryan isn’t writing, he is on Twitter! Make sure to give him a follow @bclienesch for social media shenanigans!