Even though I wasn’t officially working, I still enjoy watching live sports and chatting on Twitter at the same time. Sometimes, I think the inventors of Twitter created it for fans to chat during games. But I digress.
In the midst of my conversations on TweetDeck, up popped the “egg” avatar from a faceless tweeter. The question: “@jaimestein brink has a pink wrist band on left wrist. Is he going to be removed from game and fined by the cfl? That’s their threat right?”
The tweet was referring to the CFL’s policy of not permitting players to wear pink on the field this month.
The “egg” had three followers and an agenda. He was tweeting at media and CFL personnel about Winnipeg’s quarterback wearing a pink wristband, which is not allowed under league rules.
Within a few minutes tweets starting pouring into the CFL twitter account questioning Alex Brink’s participation in the game with a pink wristband. The questions were from both fans and media.
In this era of shooting first and asking questions later, I racked back my PVR for several minutes before I could find some video of Brink on the field to confirm these accusations. Sure enough, he was sporting a Livestrong-type bracelet that was pink.
The Bombers were notified of the infraction during the game and Brink was asked to remove his bracelet.
This series of events led me to wonder whether Twitter was turning our generation into one of tattletales; the same kids we wanted to smack in the mouth in the playground when we were younger.
To understand this situation you must understand the rivalry of the fans in the CFL. Last week, a prominent member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders made very clear in the media and on Twitter his feelings about not being allowed to wear pink during the game. This prompted the league’s response to essentially say he would have to sit out until he removed the pink from his uniform.
Fast forward to Saturday and it was fans of the Roughriders calling out the quarterback of their bitter rivals from Winnipeg.
“Anyone else notice that Alex Brink is wearing a pink wristband?” said one fan on Facebook. “Funny how other players were told they would be fined and kicked off the field until it was off and he just get’s to go out there with no consequence. Seems a little fickle to me.”
Other fans felt the tattletale was being fickle: “Gosh, don’t go rat on the man dang!!! Let him wear it!!! Lol,” responded another fan.
By the end of the weekend all sorts of speculation about a conspiracy theory was brewing online because of a tweet from a person with three followers. Talk about going viral.
It is worth mentioning that Brink, a fellow tweeter, also weighed in on the matter the day after the game.
As Saskatchewan fans continued to jump on Brink and the CFL for the quarterback wearing pink, Winnipeg fans fought back and defended their quarterback. It made for an entertaining 24 hours.
However, while Twitter can bring people closer together and create great conversations and connections, I find it sad that it is also contributing towards turning our world into a nanny state.
In this day and age, you cannot make even the slightest mistake without being called out on it. And that is an unfortunate consequence.
While this anecdote illustrates just one example of a tattletale tweeter, it happens daily for large companies and especially with elections as we have seen in Toronto over the past months.
I am all for openness and disclosure, but we have to draw the line somewhere. He may have taken it to the extreme, but in the world of NBA star Carmelo Anthony, no one likes a snitch!
- Every tweet on Twitter has the potential to go viral. Do not discount a tweeter based on the number followers he/she has.
- We are all under increased scrutiny in this day and age. Adjust your behavior accordingly.