Extreme fandom and the 1st amendment

The great thing about many sports franchises is that many of them have a fanbase that has been passed down through generations…they have legions of fans who have followed them ever since Motown was poppin…but the downside is some franchises have fans that don’t use common sense nor do they have any form of decency

Last week, the Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith played an incredible game against the Patriots…he somehow kept his composure in the midst of losing his younger brother and lead his team to victory over their conference rivals…now let’s be honest, Pats fans (actually Boston fans in general) are some of the most obnoxious fans on the planet…1 of them showed their insolence on Twitter after the Pats took the L…Katie Moody, who works in the medical community at Johns Hopkins in Baltmore, tweeted the following —

Credit: Bossip.com

As a Giants, Yankees, Bulls, and Tarheels fan, I love a good trash-talker! When the Giants toasted Tom Brady for the 2nd time, my verbal darts were coming at Michael Phelps speed…I do think, though, regardless of how much you hate another team or a player, you should be careful w/ what you say on Twitter…w/ any form of entertainment, Twitter and FB has made people way too familiar and given them a level of “confidence” they’d never even dream of having in a room w/ that person.

After Moody’s comments were RT’d and eventually wound up on the TLs of several Ravens players, including RB Ray Rice, there was an outcry for disciplinary action…her work number was posted and people were demanding she be fired, or at the very least reprimanded…a representative from Johns Hopkins issued a statement offering their condolences to Torrey Smith yet they distanced themselves from the online behavior of their employee…Moody finally took responsibility for her egregious lack in judgement and apologized for her comment, which ran in the Baltimore Sun: “I should have been offering sympathy and compassion for such a terrible and heart-breaking loss. I set high standards for myself as a person and as a fan, and I fell short of these standards. This was a horrible lapse in judgment that I will always regret. I am truly sorry.”

This isn’t the first time a fan has gotten out of line for making tasteless online comments and threats. Josh Morgan, Steve Blake, and Kyle Williams have also been targets of fan hate. And this certainly won’t be the last of “horrible lapse in judgement” from rabid sports fans. NBA preseason starts next week and w/ all the movements that have gone in the major market teams, it’ll be a very interesting season.

Do you think there is a line fans shouldn’t cross when it comes to trash-talking? Has social networking allowed people to abuse the freedom of the 1st amendment? What fanbase has the worst fans?

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