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League looking into Dockett's pregame tweet

While checking Twitter on Sunday afternoon to see whether Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco decided to post any updates during his team’s game regarding the reason for his absence from the field for the Hail Mary play that ended the second quarter, we noticed that Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett had posted a tweet of his own 20 minutes before kickoff of the Arizona-St. Louis game.

Here’s the problem.  The NFL prohibits any use of social media 90 minutes before kickoff.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told us on Tuesday that the league is looking into the matter.  But, frankly, it should be an easy process.  Dockett posted the message on his verified account at 3:55 p.m. ET.  The game began at 4:15 p.m. ET.

Chad Ochocinco was slapped with a $25,000 fine for posting a message during a preseason game.  Though Ochocinco’s history of fines may have influenced the total in the most recent incident, it would be horribly inconsistent if Dockett skates.

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17 Responses to “League looking into Dockett's pregame tweet”
  1. Kaz says: Sep 15, 2010 8:59 AM

    “it would be horribly inconsistent if Dockett skates.”
    It would not, it would be typical. Chad’s a Bengal. Look at the fine compared to what Suh got.

  2. FireJerryJones says: Sep 15, 2010 9:02 AM

    I think an Ochocinco tweet would’ve been excused. He took the 90 minute rule too seriously.
    Clearly didn’t show up to play until the second half.

  3. jcjets says: Sep 15, 2010 9:32 AM

    The rule is pretty stupid one. Whatever he tweets, or uploads to the internet is on him, and his team. If its something that is taking his focus away from the game then that’s going to effect the team, and is his coaches’ problem.
    And I don’t get why these guys don’t just say their agent or an assistant has access to their twitter account and also tweets, etc.

  4. Iceman says: Sep 15, 2010 9:33 AM

    It’s not an “easy process.” There are skads of software tools out there that can allow you to schedule your tweets in advance. So it’s very possible that Dockett typed up the tweet hours before it actually went live on his Twitter account.

  5. jj jones says: Sep 15, 2010 9:45 AM

    Dear NFL,
    Spend time worrying about Kevin Kolb and Stewart Bradley’s brains becoming scrambled eggs than you do pregame tweets. We don’t need another Justin Strzelczyk or Andre Waters.

  6. downwithdansnyder says: Sep 15, 2010 9:52 AM

    “but 90 minutes beforehand”
    What if someone tweeted something about a questionable player not playing, or that they were playing. Betting could be influenced.
    The real question is why do these guys have to tweet all the time. Take care of your own business.

  7. Playmaker's Dealer says: Sep 15, 2010 9:54 AM

    Good God, what stupid policies. I can understand tweeting from the sidelines not being ok, but 90 minutes beforehand? Does the N stand for Nazi’s?
    _____________
    especially when it has nothing to do w/ that day’s game
    AMEN!!!

  8. Spungy says: Sep 15, 2010 9:57 AM

    “# Belichick for President says: September 15, 2010 9:36 AM
    Good God, what stupid policies. I can understand tweeting from the sidelines not being ok, but 90 minutes beforehand? Does the N stand for Nazi’s?”
    No, but the N in Nazi stands for National. So there is definitely a connection here!!!

  9. Saintsarebest says: Sep 15, 2010 10:23 AM

    He should have tweeted “oh no the siants are going to win the super bowl again we mite not want to try this year”
    who dat.

  10. MutantDeadMan says: Sep 15, 2010 10:57 AM

    Why do the NFL insist in meddling in everything? There seems to be a rule for EVERYTHING and if there isn’t, you can bet that there will be soon.
    Can’t use Twitter before a game, can’t celebrate a TD – especially a game winning TD, can’t eat a hotdog on the sidelines (Sanchez last year), etc, etc.
    No wonder people refer to it as the “No Fun League”. Surely there’s more important things to worry about than someone Tweeting a single word before a game?

  11. PED'S ARE GOOD FOR SPORTS says: Sep 15, 2010 11:09 AM

    @down w/ dan snyder
    What if someone tweeted something about a questionable player not playing, or that they were playing. Betting could be influenced.
    ^^^ Good point about that, but unless its something like this that affects the integrity of the game, THE ACTUAL GAME,
    WHO THE HELL CARES WHAT THEY ARE TWEETING AND WHEN…

  12. Nacho Libre says: Sep 15, 2010 11:09 AM

    Saintsarebest says:
    September 15, 2010 10:23 AM
    He should have tweeted “oh no the siants are going to win the super bowl again we mite not want to try this year” who dat.
    ————————————————–
    Who are the siants? No wonder yall were wearing bags over your heads for years down there, you were embarassed at your own edumacation level. Dumb cajun.

  13. myeaglescantwin says: Sep 15, 2010 11:14 AM

    right the dudes post stated
    AMEN..
    wtf is this an issue for. Goddell must have the smallest little ween piece to be sucha hardnosed lil prick.

  14. Madden Corner says: Sep 15, 2010 11:23 AM

    Now does this rule apply to programs they you can schedule your twits through?

  15. sportsdrenched says: Sep 15, 2010 11:27 AM

    Good God, what stupid policies. I can understand tweeting from the sidelines not being ok, but 90 minutes beforehand? Does the N stand for Nazi’s?
    XXXX
    If you’e going to cash that check, play a game for living, and all the other priviledges and benefits there of. You have to follow the league policies. Employment in the league is not a right.

  16. Saintsarebest says: Sep 15, 2010 11:41 AM

    @nacho labia
    Go troll somewhere else. I actually went to school in wisconson.
    besides, everyone hates a champon so come on down, bow and kiss our ring and cry out WHO DAT! becuse you’re team sucks.

  17. shehawks + retardnals says: Sep 15, 2010 5:16 PM

    Classless thug, who’s legacy will be a testament to the illiteracy of thug athletes.

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