Foul territory: 5 memorable social media gaffes by athletes

This week’s Twitter misfires from NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall inspired us to stroll down Memory Lane. Good thing these athletes perform better than they tweet.

1. Chris Cooley. In 2008, the Washington Redskins tight end thought it would be interesting for fans to see what his playbook looked like. So, he took a picture of it. While he was naked. Not only did the fans get a taste of what an NFL playbook looks like, they also got an idea of what’s inside Cooley’s jock strap. He quickly apologized for having the photo on his blog.

2. Chad Ochocinco. The Bengals wide receiver is, perhaps, the most visible athlete on Twitter, using it as a personal venue for his observations and opinions. But the NFL (along with the NBA and MLB) have strict rules that forbid tweeting during games. That didn’t stop Ochocinco from tweeting during a preseason game last August. The tweet cost him a cool $25,000.

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