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Antonio Brown And Other Times Athletes Took Social Media Too Far

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Antonio Brown And Other Times Athletes Took Social Media Too Far

Star Pittsburgh Steeler receiver Antonio Brown has drawn ire from his coach and the NFL after live streaming his team’s post-game locker room speech to hundreds of thousands of people through Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) Live.

Brown, who has an endorsement deal with the social media company in the high six figures, according to sources, is awaiting discipline from the Steelers, likely a fine for “conduct detrimental to the team.” According to the NFL, “Brown also broke the NFL's social media policy for posting content before reporters had completed their postgame duties.” There is no word yet if Facebook will pick up the fine for Brown.

Sports Stars And Social Media

This is not the first time a social media activity has been considered conduct detrimental to a pro sports team. Last year, Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell drew criticism after secretly filming his teammate Nick Young while asking question about Young being with other women other than his current partner at the time. The move put Young’s personal life in jeopardy and wasn’t received well by the fans either, as Russell was booed by his home crowd after the video surfaced.

Late in his career, Alex Rodriguez put out a tweet that he was cleared to play by the team doctor before his team, the New York Yankees wanted the media to know.

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Others have put out videos that no one wants to see.

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Some just haven't mastered the art of social media.

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Former Red Sox pitcher and ESPN (Walt Disney Co (NYSE: DIS)) analyst Curt Schilling has drawn significant criticism on social media after outbursts on Muslims, Hillary Clinton and transgendered people. His remarks got him fired from ESPN and likely will keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

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