Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith quit Twitter on Oct. 16 because he wanted to set a good example for his kids, per The Baltimore Sun.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith has quit Twitter.
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According to The Baltimore Sun's Jon Meoli, Smith dropped the social media habit so he can set the example for his children:
"Ravens wide receiver Steve Smitih quit Twitter last week, and he explained why with the honesty that probably made such a departure from the social media necessary.
"'I'll kill you on Twitter, so I had to stop,' Smith said. 'Somebody would say something inappropriate to me, and I wasn't being a very good example for my kids.'
"'People are going to say what they want on Twitter. Internet courage is great. Internet courage is like a Cover-2 corner. You've got a safety over the top, you feel better about yourself. You got that one-on-one coverage, you back off a little bit. That's how I look at Twitter.'
"Especially surrounding the Ravens' Week 4, win over the Carolina Panthers, the 35-year-old wide receiver was active on Twitter with photos of lions accompanied by inspirational quotes.
"But a week after that game, and after a 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he stepped away from the social network and told people to instead follow his foundation, the Steve Smith Foundation.
"Smith only created an account so he could take action against impostors who said were '[direct messaging] people inappropriate things,' he said, and added that his agent and marketing team would make sure the account was 'stagnant' and only used for marketing purposes.
"Smith said fellow receiver Torrey Smith also quit Twitter, which Torrey Smith clarified as saying he deleted the app from his phone, and doesn't bring his phone into the Ravens' practice facility so as to avoid all distractions.
"'I think technology can help you, and it can hurt you, and I think also, too, sometimes we focus more on what's going on our social media and less on what's actually really going on,' Steve Smith. 'I just think at the end of the day, what's on my Twitter feed and what's going on in the world, I don't think they should be on the same level.'"
Smith the family man also had "Sr." affixed to the name at the back of his jersey "to acknowledge his third son, also named Steve," per Meoli's colleague at The Baltimore Sun, William J. Fishkin:
"This season, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith added to his jersey nameplate the suffix 'Sr.' He did this to acknowledge his third son, also named Steve, born this past July. It seems an admirable and harmless enough action. Under NFL rules, however, the play should have been disallowed.
"Sure, seeing that 'Sr.' on Smith's back immediately brought about fatherly feelings in me. It did so not only because of Mr. Smith's fatherly reason for the addition, but also because of Mr. Smith's jersey itself.
"...Rule 5, Section 4, Article 2(b) of the 2013 Official NFL Playing Rules states, 'Surnames of players in letters a minimum of 2 1/2 inches high must be affixed to the exterior of jerseys across the upper back above the numerals; nicknames are prohibited.
"Yep, surnames. There's no mention of suffixes -- such as 'III,' 'Jr.' and 'Sr.' -- because they are not really part of players' surnames. To the contrary, such suffixes relate specifically to players' first names. Robert Griffin III is Robert III, not Griffin III, inasmuch as his grandfather and father were named Robert Griffin and Robert Griffin, Jr., respectively. The 'III' suffix is a strong and wonderful family tribute, to be sure, but should it be represented on Mr. Griffin's jersey?
"The same may apply to Steve Smith and that newly added 'Sr.' suffix. The lad and the dad are Steveonne Jr. and Stevonne Sr., respectively, and both are, of course, Smiths. However, there simply is no Smith Sr. Should the NFL have denied Mr. Smith's request have denied Mr. Smith's request, which was made even before his son was born? It's hardly the league's chief concern, but yeah, under its express surname rule, the NFL probably should have.
"...A player's surname on the back of his NFL jersey is, in and of itself, a celebration of his family and rightfully a source of great pride. But as much as added suffixes might enhance my father-son jersey spotting game and add to our can't-put-a-price-on-it father and son bonding, they are simply outside the NFL's written (and un-written) playing rules."
The 35-year-old Smith has caught for 12,770 yards and 71 touchdowns on 871 receptions in 188 career regular-season games for the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens, per ESPN stats.
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