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The nature of sites such as Twitter allow accessibility to collegiate athletes that hasn’t been available in the past. However, coupling that with the veil of anonymity and knee-jerk reactions of many fans and media professionals often spells a harsh reality for the athletes receiving the tweets.
“I do not believe it’s ever good when people can hide behind keyboards,” he said. “You guys (the media) really can’t do that. When people can do that, it’s absolutely gutless.”
Although remaining on various media platforms, Nix said he understands Izzo’s desire to avoid social media based on what people say and the way it can be interpreted.
“It used to bother me, but it comes with the nature of the beast,” he said. “If you’re a basketball player and play bad, people are (going to) say you suck. If you play good, people (are going to) say you can play so either way it goes, you’re (going to) have somebody saying something.”
As much as modern society moves towards a new world order of social media, Tom Izzo still isn’t buying it. Izzo doesn’t like Twitter — a sentiment he attempts to pass along to his players. Izzo’s not impressed by the many photo filters of Instagram. Don’t look for the 18-year head coach on Pinterest, either.
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But what about tRCMB?
He's not a fan of the internet in general.
Neither is 247.
People read it.
Games aren't won on Twitter? I thought that was the 4th place where they were won.
RIP ta da social media
Your rights don't apply to a private message board. What, is this argument from the 90's?
He never said he thought it was bad. He said it was gutless. I can't disagree with that, there are a lot of internet tough guys who would piss themselves if they said the stuff they say to player's faces.
Can we please tone down the negativity?
Izzo nailed it. Particularly the gutless part.
Spartans ...committed to bring Paul Bunyan home in 2013.
He was leaning to the side throughout the press conference. But that could have been due to hemorrhoids or something.
Since Nix's return to Twitter I have seen him get a lot of shit after games, but he's handling it in a good way, he usually just sarcastically gives a thanks for the advice type of remark and retweets, throwing the haters to the wolves of the rest of his followers and seems to shrug it off, I think he can handle himself.
So... should I still forward this to Izzo?
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What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
sounds like someone is spending to much time reading reviews of his shot instead of practicing it. If Izzo hates social media so much why did he let it be known on the BTN Reality show that a certain player needs another to kick him in the ass cause he gets lazy in practice?
The stuff Nix retweeted from fellow Spartans was disgusting and, unfortunately, reminiscent of what is posted here during games about him or other players.
He should get better then. Problem solved.
So . . . if I create twitter handles imitating opposing fan bases, and then goad nix . . . that will make him play better? Hmmm . . . I'm willing to do this for the team guys. No need to thank me.
Ive seen some crappy stuff on twitter. I think most of those guys handle it well, but they shouldnt have to. Too many self entitled haters in the world. Just comes down to common sense, and some people dont have it.
If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day.
Tweeters gonna tweet...
It's a free country. The kids are basically paid to play. We, the fans, can say whatever the hell we want. Especially if we are students/alums.
Fuck off, asshole
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