March 23, 2009

Twittering athletes on the rise

Per the Arizona Republic, more athletes are twittering, including LPGA star Natalie Gulbis and Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash.

Though Shaquille O'Neal has been on Twitter for some time, he recently posted his first in-game tweet.

The Suns All-Star center admitted to the tweet, poking fun at an incident in which another NBA player got in trouble with his coach for twittering at halftime.

@THE_REAL_SHAQ (Phoenix, AZ): Shhhhhhh

Shaq isn't the only well-known athlete twittering, as Lance Armstrong was providing updates on his injury Monday:

@lancearmstrong (Spain): I'm alive! Broken clavicle (right). Hurts like hell for now. Surgery in a couple of days. Thanks for all the well wishes.

Newly retired baseball pitcher Curt Schilling and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman are also posting regular Tweets.

Are these athletes blazing a new trail for more Twit-Jocks to follow? If so, is this a good trend? Here are a few Tweets on the subject:

@BrentWalkerJr (Cleveland, OH): Dang Shaq!! Word bout you twittering at halftime leaked to the media...its on ESPN.Com! Can't a man tweet in peace? haha

@SRegular (Louisville, KY): Is there really anything wrong with twittering if you are an NBA star like Shaq even if it's during a game at halftime?

@ronniefauss Had a dream last night where shaq and i were on a road trip, to mexico in a chevy nova, twittering the whole way!

@MamaCharlo Why didn't Shaq get in trouble for Twittering?

@BazzBrinca twittering while at werk is not as cool as shaq twittering at halftime during his dats mad funny

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