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Sign of the times

August 9, 2010 - Mike McLain

When I first started covering the Browns during the "Kardiac Kids" season  of 1980, there never would have been a story similar to the one that broke last weekend involving cornerback Brandon McDonald.

In case you missed it, McDonald sent of a profanity-laced twitter to Terrell Owens shortly after the receiver signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. Ownes responded by saying he never heard of McDonald. "Is he Ronald McDonald?" Owens asked.

McDonald admitted that he made a mistake by sending off the twitter. He can expect disciplinary action from the front office.

I joked with former Browns offensive tackle Doug Dieken about the incident and asked him what message he would have sent Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Dwight White if twitter had existed during their playing careers. The two didn't exactly have a warm and fuzzy relationship.

We shouldn't be surprised by what McDonald did. It's 2010 and social media allows fans worldwide to see what every athlete twitters. Secondly, many athletes don't care what they put out there for all to see. So what if they get slapped on the wrist by the head coach.

Today's athletes love to trash talk. What McDonald wrote on his twitter account is what he'll probably say to Owens when they face off twice on the field. In fact, what's said on the field might be more offensive.

At a time when the Browns are stressing a family-like setting at games, they're forced to discipline McDonald. That won't stop him or other athletes from continuing their use of twitter.

We live in a strange world these days.





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