Should you allow your client to have a profile on Facebook, Myspace, insert any other social networking site here?
If you ask Scott Schafer, currently playing for the rookie level Gulf Coast Mets, he would say no. That is because the information that he had on his MySpace page led him to get dropped by his agent, Matt Sosnick, and receive a smaller amount of money in his contract. Ask Eddie Kenney and Matt Coenen, swimmers kicked off the team at LSU for disparaging comments about their coach on Facebook, and they will probably tell you it is not worth the pain either.
At my school, the University of Florida, we are known as a drinking school with a football problem. Sure, we just won the NCAA Basketball National Championship, but it is football that makes the city of Gainesville live. With that being said, if you start on the Florida Gators football team, you have a good chance of going pro. You would think that no player on the team would be stupid enough to post a picture on Facebook like this (I will leave the player’s name out of the discussion out of respect). The fact that it is posted under the heading of “robbing” only makes it worse.
With websites like Drunk Athlete, athletes do not even need to create profiles on social networks to receive a bad image. The website posts pictures taken by average people who catch athletes partying, and often wasted out of their mind. As long as people are interested in viewing the pictures and digging dirt on athletes, these types of sites will continue to grow, leaving no security in a player’s public life. But athletes still can do some damage control. Creating a profile on a social networking site that damages one’s image is just plain stupid, and something that should be warned against by friends, family, and agent.
Even though having a profile on a social networking site can have serious adverse effects on one’s public image, creating a profile may be a smart PR move when good judgment is used. Any opinions??
[tags]facebook, myspace, athletes, profiles, uf, lsu[/tags]