Larry Johnson, the Kansas City Chiefs running back, was recently suspended for making a gay-slur on his twitter account. According to the Associated Press, at this time he can’t participate in team activities while an investigation into his use of the slur is ongoing.
Johnson issued an apology in which he stated “I regret my actions. The words were used by me in frustration, and they were not appropriate. I did not intend to offend anyone, but that is no excuse for what I said. ”
Johnson claimed that he was upset with the teams 1 win, 6 loss performance, his own, and dealing with his dislike for head coach Todd Haley. Currently, his Twitter profile page is set to private. He apparently made a comment to another user calling him a ” Christopher Street boy.” Christopher Street is a well-known street in New York City which has become a famous symbol for the city’s gay-pride movement.
Many sports stars and celebrities create social networking accounts to help increase their fan base, but sometimes they forget that by doing so their fans are let into their personal lives and can be easily influenced by their words. After all, having millions of people follow you on Twitter also means you have a million people actively listening to what you say. If you don’t want to be so publicly scrutinized for your thoughts put your profile settings on private.
(Via San Francisco Chronicler)