Many professional athletes throughout the country have used social media to promote their brand. While other athletes may use it promote a positive image. From time to time some athletes will social media to interact with fans. Twitter has become very popular social networking site for athletes to use to accomplish these goals. More often than not, professional athletes will simply post a tweet without the intention of actually responding to any comments that they may receive. Every now and then however, you’ll have an interesting situation where may they respond to a comment made by one they’re followers.
NBA superstar Kobe Bryant who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers recently activated a twitter account earlier this year with his very first tweet saying “The antisocial has become social #mambatweets”. Bryant, who was one of the few big-time athletes who was not active on Twitter, finally gave in and it was only a month later when the five-time NBA champion gain over a million followers.
(5-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant driving to the basketball. Photo courtesy of sneakernews.com)
Earlier this week however a fan who was in middle of an heated argument with another one of Bryant’s followers received an unexpected tweet from Bryant himself when he used a homophobic insult directed to the other fan. @PacSmoove, who is a follower of Bryant, tweeted “you’re gay” to another one of Kobe Bryant’s followers. Bryant instantly called out @PacSmoove by tweeting “Just letting you know @PacSmoove @pookeo9 that using “your gay” as a way to put someone down ain’t ok! #notcool delete that out ur vocab”.
It wasn’t long until another one of Bryant’s followers brought an incident that occured last April when Bryant was fined $100,000 for using an anti-gay slur during the game. The Laker all star responded by tweeting “exactly! That wasn’t cool and was ignorant on my part. I own it and learn from it and expect the same from others”.
I support Bryant’s actions 100 percent. Not only did he set a great example here by sticking up for the gay community who are at times mocked and looked down upon by people within the sports world, but I love that fact he even took the time to read the tweets of his followers and even responded to one of them. I personally like the idea of professional athletes taking out more time to actually interact with they’re followers. It makes us feel more appreciated, and it shows that they actually care about their fans. Not a bad PR move in my opinion!
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