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Marvin Lewis tells Bengals: You’re not mature enough for Twitter

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When Bengals coach Marvin Lewis says he doesn’t think his players are mature enough to handle Twitter, he doesn’t mean he’s worried that Andy Dalton is going to tweet, “OMG! I love Justin Bieber!” But he is worried that some of his players will tweet information about injuries, playing time or strategy. And as a result he’s telling them to tone down the tweeting.

I think people have to have the maturity and the wherewithal to be able to handle it,” Lewis said, via CBSSports.com. “Thus far, what I have experienced since April is we don’t have the maturity to handle it. I don’t see how tweeting is going to help us win a football game. So it’s part of being selfless right now. It’s not best for our football team to be involved in that. It’s best we just take care of ourselves and not announce what we are doing or not doing and commenting on what’s going on in other spots. Let’s just be football players.”

Lewis was apparently upset when rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick tweeted about his knee injury, and after talking it over with older players, Lewis said he decided to tell the team there’s no need to tweet.

“The guys that are the leaders of this football team see no need for it, so they handle it,” Lewis said. “I don’t see the need for it right now because I don’t know if we can distinguish the difference [between team business and personal business]. It’s not a big deal, just the guys on the team, the older guys, the veterans say why do we need to do it? What is it keeping us from doing? The main thing for us is to win football games, and if it’s getting in our way then we don’t need to do it.”

And we now see another reason that Marvin Lewis is glad he’s no longer coaching Chad Ochocinco.

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12 Responses to “Marvin Lewis tells Bengals: You’re not mature enough for Twitter”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 27, 2012 8:17 PM

    As a consequence, Marv has revoked their Internet privledges. From now on, when they go on an outing to the public library, it will be reading section only for the boys.

  2. mwindle1973 says: Jul 27, 2012 8:24 PM

    I love it now that Marvin finally has the latitude to coach his team. This is what he always wanted…a disciplined team. He’s right, they just had Kirkpatrick announce his injury on twitter. The Bengals had already known for 2 weeks and had kept it under wraps. At this point twitter for the Bengals at least is a detriment to what they are trying to accomplish. Way to go Marvin!

  3. sixburghrules says: Jul 27, 2012 9:02 PM

    I am a Steeler fan all the way and I think some players especially rookies should be banned from twitter comments

  4. abninf says: Jul 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    Real men don’t twitter. Chicks craving attention do.

  5. teedraper says: Jul 27, 2012 9:12 PM

    Marvin shut up & win something as a HC you underachieving HACK!

    Sick of him always talking.

  6. rgwhodey says: Jul 27, 2012 9:24 PM

    Brilliant!

  7. toneman1234 says: Jul 27, 2012 9:29 PM

    The inmates have been running the asylum ever since Marv got there. If he had any balls, he would tell his players that Twitter accounts are banned. Period.

  8. usmutts says: Jul 27, 2012 10:07 PM

    Real men don’t tweet.

  9. whodeytn says: Jul 27, 2012 10:13 PM

    Loving Marvin lately

  10. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 27, 2012 10:15 PM

    Top to Bottom a bunch of idiots running that place.

    When a 20 or 21 year old kid is given 50 Million dollars you are worried about what might happen on Twitter?

    When you give a kid matches and the house doesn’t burn down don’t go yelling he used too much soap in the washing machine!

  11. dmravens says: Jul 27, 2012 11:16 PM

    Bengals didn’t realize twitter was free

  12. nopepper123 says: Jul 27, 2012 11:58 PM

    Contract year baby!! Marvin’s out to score big.

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