Greek triple-jump athlete, Voula Papachristou, let a racist tweet fly July 22nd. A few days and 100 re-tweets later and she’s off the Olympic team. The tweet read: “With so many Africans in Greece, at least the mosquitoes of West Nile will eat homemade food.”
Papachristou would later issue an apology but it seems to be a case of too little, too late because she’s not getting her spot back on the team.
This is yet another cautionary tale for athletes on twitter. Athletes and twitter go together like an upset stomach and Taco Bell. It’s got a low probability of working out and comes with combustible and uncomfortable results (Damn you Lorena Garcia!).
This is right up there with Roddy White’s lack of sympathy for former NFL players struggling with concussions. It’s still not worse than the time Bills wideout Stevie Johnson accidentally and unfortunately sent a picture of genitals to twitter.
The point is if you’re a high profile personality be careful what you tweet. More so than anyone else, saying the wrong thing can and will cost you your job.