Twitter can be a dangerous place sometimes, especially for high-profile athletes. Tavon Austin found that out the hard way.
The Rams’ rookie wide receiver, who already has over 53,000 followers, got into some hot water with the organization in recent weeks when he gained three new, somewhat high-profile (in their own right) followers, according to Taylor Holliday.
Austin, 22, told his tale of social media woe while speaking with high school students at Nike’s “The Opening” camp in Oregon on Monday. He explained that a trio of strippers started following him on Twitter, so he decided to follow them back. But once word got around to Rams general manager Les Snead, things got a bit hairy for Austin.
“Three strippers followed me, I flowed them back. Next thing I know I’m in the GMs office. Now I’m off twitter,” Austin said during the camp.
Snead didn’t take too kindly to the situation and, according to Austin, kicked the former West Virginia star off of Twitter. Although, if Austin was banned from tweeting, it wasn’t for very long. He’s been very active on social media over the past few days, and has taken no more than a four-or-five day hiatus from it at any point over the past few months.
Whatever the punishment, it doesn’t seem to have worked. As of Tuesday, Austin was still following at least one self-proclaimed stripper on Twitter.
Here’s a look at some of Austin’s followers, including three Rams teammates.
Maybe next time, Snead should take away Facebook, too. That will teach him.
Thumbnail via Facebook/Tavon Austin