Professional Athlete Learns About Guns And Social Media The HARD WAY

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We live in a day and age in which social media is everywhere and people can pay attention to and take you to task for every little thing that you do on a social media platform.

It’s scary, in many ways.

Some off-hand comment that someone says, even as sarcasm and a joke, can be taken (even out of context) and come back to bite them ten, fifteen, or more years later.

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Even worse is how many social media companies and many people act when they are faced with seeing someone with a firearm on social media, and an NBA star found that out the hard way recently. Leon Wolf writes,

Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant, who is one of the leagues brightest young stars, will sit for “at least two games” in response to a controversy over an Instagram live post in which the basketball player purportedly displayed a gun at a nightclub.

The controversy began when Morant began livestreaming from a club at 5:19am ET on Saturday, several hours after the Grizzlies lost to the Western Conference leading Denver Nuggets. In the video, which has since been removed after Morant deactivated his Instagram account in response to the controversy, Morant reportedly livestreamed himself “shirtless and rapping along” to the music in the club, while holding what appeared to be a gun aloft in his left hand. There is no indication that Morant pointed the gun at anyone during the course of the video or threatened anyone with it.

Now, pay special attention to that last sentence: “There is no indication that Morant pointed the gun at anyone during the course of the video or threatened anyone with it.”

That’s right, Morant got into trouble even though he wasn’t being threatening.

Yes, this wasn’t Morant’s smartest move, but if an NBA star can get into trouble for just having a gun seen in one of his social media posts, what can happen to normal people like you or me when you post something about your firearms online?

Please take this lesson to heart: don’t post about your guns, what guns you have, or what guns you want. Nothing about what you own or want to own. That information on social media just makes you a target, and you don’t want those problems for yourself or your family.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. All this PLUS by posting pictures of your weapons ANYWHERE, you’ve just told law enforcement agencies what you have and where, as well as EVERY BURGLAR IN THE WORLD. Not smart.

  2. Take the kid out of the city but ya can’t take the city out of the kid! Thug life on display!

  3. There’s a verse of Scripture in Proverbs that says “let the ignorant be ignorant” People like that are coming out of the woodwork these days. It’s a sad state of affairs.

  4. I’m a member of several gun groups on Facebook and Twitter. I’m real careful about what I’ll talk about or comment on. Even though these are “Closed” groups, there’s still some unknown employee of either watching the posts.
    Even though a lot will post pics of their guns and equipment, I won’t and don’t. I’m uncomfortable with posting pics on Social Media, simply because I don’t trust the platforms.

  5. Well what would you expect, you can’t drop the thug life especially when you come into money. You gotta show it off. What the hell was he doing in a bar at 5AM? I am not a pro anything fan, they’re all felons these days, they’ve ruined the games we used to enjoy, but after losing a game, maybe you should be reflecting on your performance and your teams performance, maybe if you had been doing that, instead of being at the bar till the wee hours of the morning, you might have won! You also wouldn’t be in the trouble your in! There also ain’t no way being intoxicated that you didn’t flag at least half the other drunks in the bar! Let’s see, drunk and in possession of a firearm, hmm, any one of us would be behind bars! I’m no pro but I did grow up playing sports and I know what it took to get the job done and being at the bar, doing drugs and that kind of crap don’t get it done. Remember, you can’t spell crap without rap, Jackass!

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