Tar Heels' tweeters get tweaked

Robbi PickeralJune 2, 2010 

It appears that at least some North Carolina men's basketball players got a talkin' to about what is - and is not - acceptable on Twitter.

At about 5 p.m. on Tuesday, sophomores Dexter Strickland and John Henson, plus junior Larry Drew II, posted variations of the same message on their individual Twitter accounts: "well coach just talked to us about twitter and told us we offend some people n what not so this is a farewell to bein' myself..lata tweeps."

Strickland added: "They told me I gotta watch wat I say... so I'm sry if any of my tweets offended anybody that follows me.."

Then Strickland and Henson later tweeted, "yeah these people be emailin coach n stuff smh. ... self expression is a birthright and something you did PRIOR to hoopin..."

The three, who each have more than 4,000 followers, are among the most prolific tweeters on the team, commenting on everything from basketball to what they eat to what music and movies they enjoy.

But some of the tweets have gotten individuals into hot water.

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner, for example, in April told a panel discussing social networking that one Tar Heel tweeted that freshman Travis Wear may have broken his ankle - forcing him to remind the player that it was up to the injured player, coach Roy Williams or the head trainer to discuss injuries. After the Tar Heels lost to the College of Charleston last season, Henson tweeted that the Tar Heels had just made a guy's college career. Both posts were later erased.

Reached on Tuesday night, Kirschner said he didn't know the details of the meeting earlier in the day between the players and coaches - or who they met with, "but we've always told them to be careful about Twitter."

Read more: blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/toned-down-tweets-from-unc

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