The Bears blew a big lead against the Panthers last weekend and that led some Bears fans to take to Twitter to air their grievances directly at members of the team.
One of their targets fired back. Defensive end LaMarr Houston told fans complaining about the team that they could “eat dirt” as part of a lengthy sermon castigating those who were expressing their negative feelings about the team in the wake of the loss.
We’ve seen far worse than Houston’s comment since social media became part of the picture, but Bears coach Marc Trestman would still prefer that Houston and his teammates not make such suggestions in the future by avoiding the low-hanging fruit provided by peeved fans.
“We talk about it all the time, making sure they take a deep breath, making sure they understand that they’re representing the team,” Trestman said, via the Chicago Tribune. “We talk about it in terms of not being responsive to the Twitter terrorists, so to speak, that are out there.”
The unfettered access to players provided by things like Twitter is inevitably going to lead to fans lambasting players. If that’s the sort of thing that’s going to get under your skin, it’s probably better to put the phone or tablet aside after a tough loss and stick with the low-tech kinds of human interactions that don’t lead to rants directed at anonymous strangers.