Yesterday Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett tweeted about almost bringing his gun into work.
“Damn I almost brung my “ROCKET” into work this morning like gilbert arenas. But mine was by accident it was in my book bag. Kept sayin to myself why is my book bag so heavy, looked in side it was Big pookey”nickel plated Glock 40″ trying to come to work w/me! Smh. The gun laws in Az are super cool! I can damn near have a rGrenade launcher on the seat and long as its registerd I’m good. Lol nice
I’m going to ignore the terrible grammar errors by Dockett and just continue. First off, who names their gun Big Pookey? There’s his first problem. His second problem is tweeting about this. I didn’t see these tweets until today, but when I did all I could say was ‘wow’.
I understand what Dockett did is legal, and I understand why he carries one. But it’s the way in which he did all of this. I understand Twitter is a way to connect with fans and share your thoughts, but we don’t want to hear about your Big Pookey “nickel plated Glock 40″ almost coming to work with you. There are certain things you should just keep to yourself.
On Dockett’s Twitter page it says he is the “CEO of I don’t give a f*ck records”, but if you’re an NFL player then you better care somewhat. Things like this bring a negative light to the NFL. When people think of guns and the sports, I don’t think one positive thought comes to mind. People think about Aqib Talib’s troubles, Plaxico shooting himself, Arenas getting suspended, and the list goes on.
ESPN’s Skip Bayless went as far as to say the NFL should fine him. “Darnell Dockett should be fined for gun tweets. Came off as boasting about artillery he owns.” Dockett responded to Skip by saying “stop acting like a Chump! you or the NFL can’t protect me or my family. I haven’t broke the law! Fine me for what?”
I don’t think he should be fined, but I do think the commissioner should talk to Dockett about handling his Twitter page in the future. Just talk to him and tell him not to tweet about guns anymore. If he does it again, then you can fine him.
The bigger story in all of this is just how much Twitter has an influence on players. We had Chris Johnson telling his fans to shut up, Arian Foster tweeting a pic of his MRI, and now Dockett. It’s no wonder why some college coaches have banned their players from using Twitter. It causes too many distractions and players don’t know their limits.