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Jenni Carlson: Openness of Twitter comes back to bite OU's Kenny Stills

by Jenni Carlson Modified: July 20, 2011 at 11:45 am •  Published: July 20, 2011

The Oklahoman sports columnist Jenni Carlson answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at

On OU receiver Kenny Stills criticizing OSU receiver Justin Blackmon on Twitter:

Frankly, I'm not sure why these guys continue to think that what they put on Twitter might not come back to bite them. If they don't have a private account, their comments are public and out there for the world to see. I know that coaches talk to players about being careful. If memory serves me, Bob Stoops or someone in power at OU even had a talking to with Stills earlier this year about Twitter. Stills cooled it for a bit, but now, he's back posting fairly regularly.

Here's the thing: I know a lot of people talk about banning players from Twitter. If I'm a coach or AD, I would think really seriously about it. As a member of the media, though, I love it. And not for the scandals. Let me explain. You really get to see better who these players are. What do they think about certain things. What are they interested in outside of their sport. Sometimes, the answer is that they don't care about much else and don't have interesting opinions on much.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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