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Saturday, July 28th, 2012

NFL team bans Twitter in camp

Nobody’s going to hear a tweet out of the Bengals for a while.
Coach Marvin Lewis has banned his players from tweeting during training camp, a way of trying to get them to focus while they work out at their downtown facility the next few weeks.
Many Cincinnati players tweet regularly, keeping up with each other, friends and family. So far, they’ve gone along with the ban.
‘‘I don’t think it’s something where we’re trying to fine guys $10,000 if they Twitter something,’’ said offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, who doesn’t have a Twitter account. ‘‘I think we’re just more saying, ‘Let’s let our focus be on what we do.’’’
Fine with Lewis, who is particularly wary of players spreading information about injuries through social media.
Lewis informed the players of the ban when they reported for the start of camp this weekend.
‘‘I don’t see how tweeting is going to help us win a football game,’’ Lewis said. ‘‘So it’s part of being selfless right now. It’s not best for our football team to be involved in that. It’s best that we just take care of ourselves and not announce what we’re doing or not doing, or who did this or who did that, and commenting on what’s going on in other spots. Let’s be football players.’’
The NFL’s relationship with social media has been in transition for years. Some teams cracked down on players, fans and reporters using social media during training camp workouts. The league adopted a policy in August 2009 that permits players to use social media except during a limited time frame, from 90 minutes before the kickoff of a game until after traditional postgame interviews are completed.
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