NFL Works on a Policy for Those Who Tweet

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

With the use of Twitter by those in the NFL, particularly players, gaining more and more attention, league officials said they are in the process of formulating a broad policy to address the use of social media platforms, including Twitter, on game days by players, coaches and other team personnel.

The policy is expected to be completed within a few weeks, NFL officials said.

The NFL has an existing policy barring the use of cellphones, computers, PDAs and other electronic devices by players, coaches and other team personnel during games on the sidelines, in the locker rooms and in the coaches' booths in press boxes.

That policy covers the time period beginning in pregame warmups and running through the end of the game, including halftime, which would seem to severely limit the ability of those affiliated with NFL teams to post to their Twitter accounts during that span.

Still, NFL officials apparently are convinced they need an updated policy for the use of social media on game days.

That is perhaps due in part to the prevalence of Twitter use by players.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco created a bit of a stir in recent weeks by announcing he would post to his Twitter account during games. Even if he won't be able to pull that off under the current or updated guidelines, Ochocinco apparently plans to remain in the Twitter spotlight.

According to the Associated Press, meantime, the San Diego Chargers fined cornerback Antonio Cromartie $2,500 for complaining about the food at training camp on his Twitter account. Cromartie linked the quality of the food to the Chargers' failure to reach a Super Bowl, according to the AP.

-- RAVEN LIKELY OUT FOR SEASON: Baltimore Ravens tackle Adam Terry likely will be sidelined all season because of a knee injury. "It just looks right now that he's got some new issues with the knee, from a healing perspective," Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said, according to a transcript provided by the team. . . .

The Green Bay Packers have become the latest team to leave open the possibility of signing recently reinstated quarterback Michael Vick, without actually committing publicly to pursuing Vick.

Packers General Manager Ted Thompson said Tuesday the club looks "at all options at all times," according to the Associated Press, and added, "We look at everything." . . . The Philadelphia Eagles have signed middle linebacker Matt Wilhelm and defensive end-outside linebacker Jason Babin, according to the team's Web site. . . . The Kansas City Chiefs have signed wide receiver Amani Toomer.

-- PIERCE SPEAKS: New York Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce said he has "learned a lot of lessons" from his involvement in the incident last November in which former teammate Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub, but he's "not sorry for how I acted that night and how I responded."

Pierce spoke to reporters at the Giants' training camp in Albany, N.Y., a day after a Manhattan grand jury voted to indict Burress on charges stemming from the incident, but voted not to indict Pierce.

The district attorney's office reportedly had sought to indict Pierce on a weapon possession charge for allegedly being in possession of the gun after the shooting.

-- Mark Maske

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