Athletes need family Twitter ban

There are not a lot of things I write that pro athletes would endorse.

After all, they’re the players, I’m the journalist. But I think I’ve hit upon something they might consider smart: a ban on spouse/partner Twitter accounts.

Too much power to handle.

I got this idea last month when I saw where Anna Burns Welker, wife of Patriots’ receiver Wes Welker, went off on Baltimore’s Ray Lewis via Twitter.  She ripped on Lewis as a role model and made accusations, some of which weren’t entirely accurate.

Anna Burns Welker/AP Photo

Soon after she issued an apology.

I’ve seen other tweets by family members of athletes that embarrassed themselves, the athletes and, well, me.

I can’t say I entirely blame them. When you love someone, you want to defend them. It’s just that Twitter’s so…available. I’ve had numerous times in years past when I showed my wife some hate mail or e-mail I got. She said something like, “Give me that e-mail address, I’ll give them a piece of my mind.”

Luckily I talked her out of it.

With Twitter, angry family members can fire back retorts and accusations while they’re still mad. And then they end up writing an official apology shortly after.

Maybe, like the athletes after a game, there should be an official “cooling-off” period before family members are allowed to go on Twitter and fire away.

I realize this is a silly argument. There’s no stopping freedom of expression. But I’m guessing there’s more than one athlete/celebrity that wishes there were.

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