Liverpool are investigating striker Nathan Eccleston for comments on Twitter that suggested the 11 September attacks were not the work of terrorists.
A tweet that has since been taken down said: “I ain’t going to say attack don’t let the media make u believe that was terrorist that did it. #OTIS.”OTIS reportedly stands for Only the Illuminati Succeed.
It’s the Illuminati behind it now?
I can’t keep up….
A club statement said: “The club takes this matter extremely seriously and senior club officials have informed Nathan Eccleston that we are undertaking an investigation into the circumstances surrounding these postings and will decide on an appropriate course of action.”
Surely the most appropriate course of action is … nothing.
Sure, your footballer’s just shown himself up to be an idiot, but who expects philosophical discourse from a 20 year old sportsman? Who would be following him on Twitter for that?
Eccleston, who has over 39,000 followers on the social-networking site, has since tweeted: “If you don’t like what I have to say un follow me!! Some things get took way out of context…”
Which is just what should happen. Idiot says something idiotic. Twitterstorm ensues. Everyone moves on.
But no. There’s money to be made, and so all sorts of creepy individuals are crawling out of the woodwork:
… according to a social media expert, clubs will have to bring in more stringent frameworks to cover players’ use of Twitter and similar sites.
Ooooh, a ‘social media expert’, eh?
“Clubs need to behave like brands and put proper governance in place to dictate how the players – their employees – behave,” Simon Rutherford, managing director of Cubaka:Socialtold BBC Sport.”The club has a reputation to protect and in this case, with American owners, there needs to be an understanding of what you can and cannot say. The player’s bio says that he is a footballer for Liverpool so that is why he gets so many followers, He therefore has a duty towards them in what he says.
“Players need to realise just how damaging a tweet can be, even if they hit the delete button, as he did in this case, someone will have a screenshot and it will be all over the internet. Clubs already give their players media training and increasingly we’ll see that include use of social media.
I wonder who will be providing this ‘vital training’ that you are telling clubs they need, eh, Simon?
And of the potential for clubs to ban players from using Twitter, Rutherford added: “That would be an extreme form of governance and if a club decided that the best way to protect its brand was to stop tweets then they could impose it.
“However [they would be better served] trying to embrace the medium and using it to get their message across.“
Carefully guided by people like…well, you?
We are rapidly moving into a world where to believe something that others find ‘offensive’ is becoming a crime. Truly, George Orwell was a visionary…