I say all the time, Twitter can be the gift and the curse. It allows people to express their feelings in “real time”, unlike any other social media networking tool out there. And just like regular people, media and athletes use it to let off some steam. So it was no surprise when Ravens WR Donte Stallworth saw a tweet from ESPN’s Adam Schefter that lead him to a series of tweets over a 3-day span.
Over the weekend, Schefter reported the status of former Giants WR Plaxico Burress and his return to the NFL. Schefter then proceeded with a series of RTs from followers. One stood out to many:
Keep in mind that while Schefter didn’t actually tweet that himself, he didn’t condemn/argue it either. lSome folks assumed he agreed with that point, while using the Retweet as a cop-out, if you will. Leonard Little isn’t known to be on Twitter, but Stallworth definitely is. After learning about the tweet, Stallworth then decided to address Schefter:
Stallworth then clarified his thoughts and feelings regarding other people’s views on his 2009 accident in which he was charged for DUI Manslaughter,
Twit fam, thanks for all your positive tweets. I’ve said it many times that you have been an integral part of helping me get through my days
Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, I get it. It would be asinine to think everyone will forgive me of my past transgressions like God has
In what I feel has been an attempt by him 2 perpetuate indignation towards me by juxtaposing my situation w/friend Plax on SEVERAL occasions
In a rare occurrence, I let my emotions engulf my rational thought when I have ALWAYS ignored him and many others. For that fam, I apologize
God knows I’ve been sincerely contrite. I am human but I promise you I will not react to negativity on my timeline EVER again. Love y’all
It’s hard for guys like Stallworth and Mike Vick to get a second chance, mainly because they are athletes, celebrities if you will. Many people feel they are given the, “easy way out” and don’t have to deal with their mistakes in the same light as others in a lower tax bracket. Whether or not you agree with that, athletes are humans, too. Stallworth’s response was no different than most people’s possible reaction under similar circumstances. If you follow Stallworth on Twitter, you would know he’s a very articulate person that is smarter way beyond football. To see him have a “human” moment online was different for him, yet understandable.
Shout out to Stallworth for taking the high road even though folks constantly feel the need to remind him of his past. Keep ya head up, 18! Oh yeah, and #WeWantPlax #RavensWRfor2011andbeyond