Tavon Austin deletes Twitter account after stripper issues

Tavon Austin learns a swift lesson about the dangers of Twitter

7/2/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5233 respect

Apr 26, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams first round draft picks Tavon Austin and Alec Ogletree speak with the media at ContinuityX Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY SportsNFL rookie Tavon Austin is still learning the ropes. Based on a recent conversation he had with some local reporters, he just learned the Twitter lesson.

Apparently, the Rams are monitoring his Twitter activity pretty closely, and making sure he isn't following or interacting with anyone with less than a stellar public image.

After picking up a few new followers and then subsequently following them back, Austin was called into the GM's office for a quick chat about his Twitter activities, and proceeded to delete his Twitter account.

Apparently the Rams have no interest in Austin (or any of their other players) getting too involved with strippers, and they're very proactive to make sure it doesn't happen.

What do you think? Are the Rams overreacting? Or are they making the right move?
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7/2/13   |   Jess   |   34925 respect

I'm not sure how I feel about this. On one hand it does seem like a bit of an overreaction but on the other hand I can completely understand why they might want to put out embers before they become fires. 

7/2/13   |   Scott   |   54133 respect

Rams have a lot invested in Tavon Austin and given how easy it seems for NFL players to get into trouble and/or end up broke, I have no problem with Les Snead and Jeff Fischer watching Austin or any of their other players like a hawk

7/2/13   |   gsbayer   |   6 respect

This seems like Big Brother and infringing on a player's personal voice, but the reality is given the Hernandez problem, these franchises need to protect the best interests of their players.  In other words, they need to protect their investment.

A 22 year old with tons of money, personality and exposure can get in a lot of trouble under the wrong influences - it's a story told a million times before.  As long as the Rams aren't jerks and confrontational about this with Austin, I think it's a good thing .