It may be time for Olympic athletes to stay away from Twitter, as anything and everything they decide to Tweet will be scrutinized. US Track & Field star Lolo Jones is the latest to receive criticism, when she sent out a Tweet following the US Men’s Archery Team losing out on the gold medal to the Italian team.
USA Men’s Archery lost the gold medal to Italy but that’s ok, we are Americans… When’s da Gun shooting competition?
— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) July 28, 2012
Obviously, there is a split in this country over guns, but with what happened in Aurora, CO just two weeks ago, some are a bit on edge. As expected, there were those that replied back to Jones in a negative way. Some asked her to delete the Tweet, calling it insensitive.
Jones did issue response, simply saying the following: “sorry u guys only think of violence but I think of all the hunting I do w southerners in da south. Its impressive.”
Earlier in the week, Greek Track & Field star Voula Papachristou was banned from the games for a Tweet which appeared to be racist in nature. There is little chance that Jones receives any punishment or official criticism from the IOC or the USOC.