Well, someone in the St. Louis Rams' front office is a big ol' fuddy duddy. Apparently GM Les Snead had a talk with first-round pick Tavon Austin over some activity on his Twitter account.
Austin explained the situation this week in Oregon at Nike's The Opening, an event for high school football players.
Via Larry Brown Sports and Taylor Holiday:
Tavon Austin: "three strippers followed me, I flowed them back. Next thing I know I'm in the GMs office. Now I'm off twitter" Classic.— Taylor Holiday (@taylorholiday) July 2, 2013
Lots of irony here. It was earlier today, at the same event, that Janoris Jenkins, Mr. Strip Club Ready himself, was endorsing Austin. Oh, Jenkins and Austin were at the event to talk to young athletes about the importance of their brand, walking the line and all the usual athlete business.
One minor point, before we take issue with the puritans in the Rams front office, Austin is not off Twitter. He was retweeting things on Tuesday morning, and filed his own tweets on Sunday.
The Rams front office works VERY hard to manage the team's image, regrowing a badly damaged brand. Playing social media police, if we take Austin at face value here, seems a little heavy handed.
P.S. - If you're one of the strippers that followed Tavon, we'd love to talk to you here at TST. There's some free press in it for you!
This is the tweet that started the trouble for Austin. From April.
Rams #1 pick Tavon Austin is on Twitter @tayaustin01…and here are the latest people he's following. -- pic.twitter.com/lpaHDwcIOo— Matt Sebek (@MattSebek) April 26, 2013