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#pounditTuesday, February 27, 2024

Jon Lester urges young athletes to clean up their Twitter accounts

Jon Lester

Star athletes are consistently being burned by fans digging up their old tweets, and Jon Lester and others are trying to urge them to do the obvious.

DELETE YOUR HISTORY.

On Sunday, both Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner were forced to apologize after some offensive tweets they sent years ago resurfaced. While it should go without saying at this point, Lester took to Twitter on Monday to urge young athletes to take five minutes to clean up their social media accounts.

Agencies that sign players should also be making this a top priority. It doesn’t take long to clean up old tweets or delete an account and start from scratch, but once a single person takes a screenshot of said tweets there’s no turning back.

You would think people like Newcomb and Turner would have learned after what happened to a star college basketball player during the NCAA Tournament. And if that wasn’t enough of a warning, the same exact thing happened to a fellow MLB player during the All-Star Game. Perhaps athletes in all major collegiate and professional sports organizations will finally get the message now.

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