These days it’s not only what’s on our resumes or written in cover letters that affect our chances of landing our dream job; what we post on social media sites can also hurt us and that even goes for draftees. If you post something offensive chances are it won’t go farther than the hiring managers eyes, but for draftees it can guaranteed that those tweets they thought had deleted will be picked up by every media outlet and talked about for days.
Looking at this year’s NBA draft alone, Larry Nance Jr will have to face the Laker’s general manager for a tweet he sent WAY back in 2012 about Kobe Bryant. To refresh your memory Kobe had recently dealt with the allegations that he had sexually assaulted a woman while staying a Denver, Colorado hotel. So on May 1st, presumably when Kobe and company were in Denver to play the Nuggest Nance Jr tweeted: “Gee I sure hope Kobe can keep his hands to himself in Denver this time..” He ended it with a hashtag rapist. Of course, the tweet was deleted and the Lakers were unaware of the tweet until after they selected Nance Jr. 27th in the first round.
Bobby Portis, drafted by the Chicago Bulls, was also reminded of why it’s important to think before tweeting. The Arkansas power forward tweeted that future teammate Pau Gasol was not as good as everyone said or thought and even dropped a f-bomb when referring to Derrick Rose. In his defense to the last tweet, he was a Heat fan during the playoffs against the Bulls. Portis has apologized to Bulls fans and his future teammates for his words, but he’ll have a lot of work to do to earn Rose and Gasol’s forgiveness.
If these two had thought before hitting send, they might have been able to actually enjoy being drafted into the NBA instead of having to immediately offer apologies and make explanations to their new bosses. Ideally this would deter future draftees, of any sport, from sending out tweets that they’ll regret later but they are humans and thus will probably make some mistakes.
Just because you deleted the tweet doesn’t mean that someone did not see it and kept it. Think before you post.