Athens, GA (Mar 18, 2009) - This little tidbit was tweeted by friend and colleague Alan Lepofsky. It seems that Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva may be a bit too addicted to Twitter. Of course he probably forgot that Coach Scott Skiles does not have a sense of humour when he decided to sneak into a corner and tweet this during halftime:
"In da locker room, snuck to post my twitt. We're playing the Celtics, tie ball game at da half. Coach wants more toughness. I gotta step up."
So Skiles had to do his own form of intervention, as reported on ESPN.com:
"We made a point to Charlie and the team that it's nothing we ever want to happen again," Skiles said after practice Tuesday. "You know, [we] don't want to blow it out of proportion. But anything that gives the impression that we're not serious and focused at all times is not the correct way we want to go about our business."
Skiles seems to have missed the point that the tweet may have been a form of self-incentive. Villaneuava acknowledge publicly that he needed to step up his game in the second half. If he didn't, his words would be out there to haunt him.
I figured it was only a matter of time before an athlete tweeted during a game. My assumption would be that Shaq would be the first. If this trend continues, think of the twitterific possibilities:
Michael Vick tweeting about his comeback attempt after prison, or better yet giving bite-by-bite descriptions from a dog fight.
Barry Bonds bypassing the media to report live from his own trial.
Some Nascar driver tweeting during a caution, or if it Ricky Bobby during a dash to the finish line.
Tiger Woods reporting each time Steve Williams takes out a photographer.
T.O. selling himself to the world after a touchdown. Oh wait, does the NFL have a rule against that yet?
Yes the possibilities are endless, but are they even useful?
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Skiles to Villanueva: No halftime tweets (ESPN.com)