Social media’s effect on athletes in high school has been apparent to everybody. There was been many cases of bad judgement where a scholarship, or even their acceptance letter to a University has been revoked due to a obnoxious tweet/post on their social media accounts.
J.J Watt of the Huston Texans has had his fair share of scrutiny on twitter himself recently. He met with his “life-long” crush Jennifer Anniston, and helped out with a pregnancy announcement!
Apparent at the Gatorade Athlete of the Year function in Los Angeles, Watt took some time out of his day to give some crucial advice to athletes across the country.
He told students to watch what they post on Social Media accounts, as they can bite you back later.
“Read each tweet about 95 times before sending it,” he was recorded saying in an interview with MaxPreps.com. “Look at every Instagram post about 95 times before you send it. A reputation takes years and years and years to build, and it takes one press of a button to ruin. So don’t let that happen to you. Just be very smart about it.”
This isn’t Watt’s time giving this kind of advice. Back in October, Watt called out Tennessee’s Zach Mettenberger for posting way too many selfies in his first week of being called in the Titans starting lineup.
“Don’t let tonight be the highlight of your career,” he said. “Go out there every single day and try to be better. Push yourself even further. You have such a high starting point that the things that you can accomplish can be incredible if you’re willing to put in the work.”
All Watt has been trying to do is make sure athletes across the country in high school don’t make a mistake that could impact their career in the future.
When people believe that going on “private” mode means anything, I feel sorry for you. If someone wants to see something, they can see it one way or another. Privacy does not exist on the internet and never will.
What can athletes do to avoid this issue? Avoid posting Twitter and Instagram pictures of your last party or something. Also, avoid those snapchat stories that you may think that you and your friends are only viewing.
J.J. Watt told high school athletes, “A reputation takes years and years and years to build, and it takes one press of a button to ruin.”
He’s absolutely right. Reputation is all that matters in our time and age.
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