PFT – Steve Smith was good at Twitter for the same reason he’s a good quote — he’s unflinchingly honest. But he was too honest at times, and was afraid his kids were picking up on it. That’s why the Ravens wide receiver said he decided to retire from the social media platform last week. “I’ll kill you on Twitter, so I had to stop,” Smith said, via Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun. “Somebody would say something inappropriate to me, and I wasn’t being a very good example for my kids. “People are going to say what they want on Twitter. Internet courage is great. Internet courage is like a Cover-2 corner. You’ve got a safety over the top, you feel better about yourself. You got that one-on-one coverage, you back off a little bit. That’s how I look at Twitter.” Since very few players can cover Smith one-on-one — even at age 35 — that kind of double coverage is something he needs. But like so many opponents, he wasn’t afraid to back down when people challenged him online. So he decided to take himself out of the game.
Unbelievable amounts of of self-control from SSS to take himself off Twitter before he literally killed someone. One second some white kid in their basement is chirping at Mr. Smith, the second thing he knows he’s laying in a pool of his own Internet blood. And Senior couldn’t live with that risk. That’s just how scary he is. He was legitimately worried he would beat someone down so hard on Twitter they would die, and he doesn’t want to spend the next 25-life in prison because of that. He’d rather catch elite passes and win AFC North titles. Mad props to him, it’s impossibly hard to quit Twitter. I can’t go 30 seconds without refreshing my phone. If it was a choice between Twitter or being charged with manslaughter, I’d probably take my chances with a plea bargain. So thank you, Steve Sr. for doing the right thing.