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The Best and Worst of Athletes on Twitter, Starring Jaromir Jagr and Jabar Gaffney

Apr 12, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

Two personalities from the Philadelphia sports scene showed followers two opposite ends of the atheletes-on-twitter spectrum on Thursday.

Two personalities from the Philadelphia sports scene showed their followers two opposite ends of the atheletes-on-twitter spectrum on Thursday.

Jaromir Jagr, fresh off the Flyers’ game 1 win over his former Penguins squad, made use of the transitive property, figuring if Ilya Bryzgalov saying he’s afraid of bears causes Pens fans to come to the game dressed as bears, why not develop a fear for beautiful naked girls?

You sir, are welcomed into the Evan Mathis VIP Tweeter room. Former Eagle and current Washington Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, on the other hand… let’s hope his publicist has access to his account and can change the password to lock him out.

Talk about a meltdown. Allusions to marital infidelity, derogatory language toward women, and a verbal attack on former teammate Lito Sheppard; Gaffney hit a trifecta of vulgar discourse that isn’t likely to endear him to the community.


Due to its explicit nature, and because it’s only Jabar Gaffney, we won’t post too much of his Twitter rant. You can check out more at Shutdown Corner.

We’ve seen athletes present themselves on Twitter in various manners. Guys like Jagr just seem to get it, sharing funny or interesting thoughts that bring fans closer to the person or game. Gaffney, on the other hand, humiliated himself in the most public way possible by broadcasting dirty laundry from his personal life for all the world to see.

Update: Gaffney says his Twitter account was hacked.