One Tweet Can Cost You Millions

It’s that time again. The NFL Draft took place this week, and Laremy Tunsil’s name was on everybody’s lips–for the wrong reasons. Because of a video tweeted of Tunsil taking a hit from a bong, he lost out on millions of dollars.

From MarketWatch

A single tweet may have cost one NFL rookie more than $10 million.

Highly regarded University of Mississippi offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil saw his stock plummet at the NFL Draft on Thursday night after a video of him smoking marijuana from a bong was posted to his Twitter account minutes before the draft started. Tunsil immediately deleted his account, but the damage was done, and the video already retweeted.

Tunsil, who was expected to be one of the top draft picks, slid to 13th, where he was selected by the Miami Dolphins.

Yikes.
I don’t have much more to say, but I will say that what you tweet and/or post on social media DOES matter. A rule of thumb: don’t say anything you’d be embarrassed to have “your mama ‘nem” see. If you wouldn’t what your Nana to see it, don’t post it on social media. Privacy settings are your friend, but screenshots are a thing too.
My friend Conrad sums it up pretty well:
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People have lost out on jobs and and apparently can stand to lose out on millions of dollars by posting the wrong thing. I’m all for being authentic and real on social media, but you can be yourself and also be smart.
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