Well, America, the election is over and Barack Obama will serve another term as President of the United States. For roughly half of the country, this appears to be good news. For the other half, this appears to be not so good news. But for free agent reliever Todd Coffey, most recently of the LA Dodgers, this is REALLY bad news. In fact it was so bad, that he went and deleted his Twitter account. His last tweet, which could only be captured in RT form what with his account going poof and all, lays out the reason why in no uncertain terms:
Bye Todd!! RT @toddcoffey60: I'm out I'll be back on twitter in 4 years if we can make it 4 more years— Spencer Kent (@spencerkent) November 7, 2012
Lots of athletes quit social media for a variety of reasons, but because of the results of a presidential election seems like a slight overreaction to me. Of course, this might be the best for Coffey because it appears that before he killed his account, he went down in a blaze of glory by blocking several users and even sending some nasty replies and DMs to the general public that dared to troll him.
As he said in his third to last tweet ever, "wow big mistake." Even with the account now being deleted, the folks in the league office are certainly going to have a few words with Coffey over his little tantrum. It also probably isn't going to help his chances at future employment either. It is bad enough that he is a free agent while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but it is quite another to be something of a political lightning rod at the same time. Or maybe it will only hurt him with teams located in blue states and help him in the red states.
Hopefully we'll get to see Coffey on Twitter again before these four years are up. If not, then let's at least hope that the 32-year old journeyman still has an active career in four years so that his potential return to social media is still ever so slightly relevant.
You may now proceed to leave your tangentially related political comments that we really don't care about. Just keep it civil so we don't have to block you. Thanks.
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Garrett Wilson has shown again his idiotic rants. What is a "Social Media"......a place for people to express their opinions and either agree or disagree with other opinions. I can understand why people would leave these sites because its very difficult to converse with people that have no knowledge about a subject (politics or sports) and show their lack of intelligence on these subjects. As the old saying goes Wilson....."Its hard to soar with Eagles when you deal with Turkeys"!!
So now just because somebody is a celebrity who doesn't agree with the mainstream they are not allowed to have their opinion? This is still the United States right? And we still have rights such as freedom of speech? That's a crock.
@Marinemom1 I must've missed the part where I said he couldn't have an opinion. He is the one that deleted his own account and MLB are the ones that have a social media code of conduct that he likely ran afoul of. My only "opinion" is that he might've hurt his future employment prospects by being a loudmouth. I couldn't possibly care less about the political leanings of a mediocre reliever, but when he makes a spectacle of himself in the process, well, that's just newsworthy.
@Marinemom1 He expressed his opinion. Others expressed their opinion right back. He deleted his account. Seems like he shut himself up. Garrett Wilson expressed his opinion: that's sort of an over-reaction, and when you're a free agent pitcher coming off of Tommy John, you may not want to start lobbing incendiary devices; there's not a huge market for injured outspoken relief pitchers. Some teams don't allow facial hair because that's too controversial - do you think they're gonna be offering to pay this guy for being so outspoken?
You can say whatever you want - free speech is alive and well. And that means people can exercise it right back and tell you so....
@Marinemom1 Sure, you can say whatever the hell you want. Just be prepared to be called out when you immediately jump to the most raw, basic conclusion right off the reel. In weeks prior, Coffey's tweets were some of the most garbled, nonsensical crap you could imagine.
So Garrett you've become an Obama sycophant and collaborator eh? A lot of us will spit on the ground every time Obama's name is mentioned. And I didn't take that from a song!
@nschively You probably know him as the large dude who sprints to the mound while the Ultimate Warrior's WWF music plays