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Donovan McNabb wants athletes off Twitter

Because this is a very slow news day, Donovan McNabb decided to go do 17 hours of radio on ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

He maintained his typical stance of saying nothing in particular about the Redskins, but he did have some thoughts when asked about athletes knocking Jay Cutler on Twitter during last year’s NFC championship game.

“First of all, I’m not a fan of tweeting, I’m not a fan of Twitter,” McNabb said. “Nothing against their program or what they have, but as an athlete I think you need to get off of Twitter.

“All these social networks of you tweeting about you watching the game when you want to be playing in it but you’re mad you’re not playing in it so you’re gonna criticize someone who’s playing in it. I don’t believe that that’s the right deal. That’s not professional by any means. And we’re all in a fraternity, so if you see a guy who’s struggling, this isn’t the time to try to jump on him or kick him while he’s down, because that same guy will come against you and kind of blast your team out of the water.

“So I think for an athlete to be twittering is the wrong move. It’s one that leads to the fans and let them comment on certain things, but athletes need to get off twitter.”

The other best part I heard came when McNabb began discussing some of the high-profile player-only workouts in a few NFL cities.

I think teams have done a great job of getting together and working out,” he said. “Some have been televised, and I don’t agree with that. I think this is an opportunity to spend [time] just with your teammates and not for all of the public to see you out there....That’s the way it comes off. It comes off that way. And there’s easy ways to get together, for offensive guys to go out and throw routes and run plays and things of that nature. I believe it’s become a show, where guys have gotten everybody together and it’s like they’re having camps and they’re having OTAs when that’s part of the reason we’re in this lockout, to try to avoid some things like that. It’s unbelievable, the circus that has kind of gathered around guys just working out together. It’s amazing.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.


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