Upon players’ arrival at camp in downtown Cincinnati, Lewis informed his team of an official ‘Twitter ban’ that will last at least through the duration of camp. After consulting with some veteran players, Lewis came to the conclusion that his players might be better off focusing their attention on the field rather than social media.
“I think people have to have the maturity and wherewithal to be able to handle it,” Lewis said to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s, Joe Reedy. “I don’t see how tweeting is going to help us win a football game. So it’s part of being selfless right now. It’s not best for our football team to be involved in that.
“It’s best that we just take care of ourselves and not announce what we’re doing or not doing, or who did this or who did that, and commenting on what’s going on in other spots. Let’s be football players.”
Lewis hasn’t commented yet on whether or not the ban will extend into the regular season.
Same Twitter ban, Different Motivation for Florida State
A week and a half before Lewis’ decision, Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher notified his athletes of a similar Twitter ban. This time, though, Fisher’s policy was motivated toward his players’ lack of control on Twitter, including some players tweeting questionable material and citing offensive rap lyrics.
“Twitter is a privilege. When you represent an organization you have to represent it very well or we don’t represent it,” Fisher told Warchant.com, Florida State’s Rivals site.
It’ll be interesting to see if other college football programs follow suit with Fisher in issuing similar bans on Twitter and other social media outlets this upcoming season.
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