Social media plays a huge role in our every day lives. It’s no different for professional athletes who share their emotions on social media sites and many of them tend to get up to embarrassing antics.
Once a social media post is shared for the world to see, there’s no turning back, which means athletes need to be extra cautious before letting their emotions get the better of them.
Who are those athletes? Here is Oddschecker’s top five athletes who take the whole social media thing to another level in a negative manner. It’s time to grow up, fellas.
1. Antonio Brown
Wide receiver Antonio Brown went from being the best player at his position to the most scrutinized athlete on social media since his departure from the NFL.
In the offseason, Brown was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders. Once training camp rolled around, Brown turned into a completely different human being. He almost froze his feet off in a cryotherapy chamber in France, then that was followed by a battle with the NFL over a helmet issue. He ended up being released by the Raiders, but then he signed with the New England Patriots before being released after only one game because of his involvement in a domestic violence/sexual assault case.
Brown has consistently taken his emotions to social media, which included an inappropriate post about Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
2. Baker Mayfield
Antonio Brown is one of the worst athletes on social media, but Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield isn’t too far behind.
In a sophomore season full of struggles on the field, Mayfield doesn’t seem to quite get it right off the field either. From his ongoing battles with FOX Sports host Colin Cowherd, who regularly bashes Mayfield on his show “The Herd”, to his drama with the Browns organization:
And the media:
Mayfield clearly just doesn’t get how to handle himself when it comes to playing the most important position in all of sports.
3. Kevin Durant
Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant genuinely seems like a good guy, but he clearly has no idea how to handle himself when it comes to his Twitter account. Durant was caught with creating fake burner accounts posing as other people to defend himself against NBA fans on social media.
And his reasoning to create these accounts?
... Who knows? But clearly Durant has issues when it comes to being criticized on the court, or his off-the-court decision to join Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Golden State to chase NBA titles.
You must remember his tweet from 2010 in regards to players joining to force super teams, right?
4. Odell Beckham Jr.
It seems like no matter where Odell Beckham Jr. lands, controversy seems to swirl around the superstar wide receiver.
It definitely all started when he made that terrific catch, then it followed with the “Paris video”, it led to him being fined several times, both for on and off-the-field incidents. He was then traded from the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns to team up with his best friend Jarvis Landry.
But recent reports reveal that Beckham Jr. isn’t happy in Cleveland, and he wants out next season.
It’s a shame that so much negative publicity surrounds Beckham Jr. because he is an exceptional talent on the football field, but it seems like he’s another version of Terrell Owens, Randy Moss and Chad Johnson, three of the greatest wide receivers to ever suit up in an NFL uniform, who constantly had drama around them.
5. Joel Embiid
I don’t know if you want to call him controversial, but Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has no regard for human life on Twitter. Most recently, Embiid had Twitter beef with Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves after a scuffle during a basketball game earlier this year.
Embiid also had issues with Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons after saying that he owns a lot of real estate in his head (reported on by sportscasting.com). The article went on to say that Embiid very well might be the most hated man in the entire NBA.