Xander Bogaerts, the highly rated Red Sox rookie infielder, is the latest professional athlete to run into some trouble on social media. After Wednesday night’s Red Sox win over the White Sox Bogaerts tweeted out a picture of a woman in a thong with the simply the letter “L” in front of it. Best guess: the tweet was supposed to be a Direct Message.
Whatever the intention, this isn’t even remotely close to the worst thing an athlete has done or posted on Twitter. Granted these sort of pictures leaking into athletes timelines was bound to happen once Twitter, Instagram and every other social media platform started allowing people to send pictures through Direct Messages.
Regardless, Bogaerts was embarrassed enough to delete both the picture and then his account entirely. The Providence Journal talked to him about it on Thursday. He said he didn’t want to be a “distraction” to the team. Red Sox manager John Farrell called it a mistake and moved on.
“No one’s perfect,” said Bogaerts. “Be a man and just face the situation.”
If athletes want to avoid any issues with their social media presence, it’s fairly simple. Tweet two things: pictures of your food and your feelings after a character dies on Game of Thrones or Scandal, everybody loves Scandal. Okay, so I guess that makes three things.
Also, like, quadruple-check before hitting send on a DM.
[via Larry Brown Sports]