FOXBORO, Mass. — There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world right now, even outside of sports.
But Terrance Knighton’s lone focus right now is just playing football for his new team, the New England Patriots.
The veteran defensive tackle has shut down his Twitter account for three weeks in an effort to concentrate on football and help his team prepare for the upcoming season. It’s not something he normally does, but he’s going to give it a shot.
“No, just something I’m going to do here. I’m just going to try something different,” Knighton said after Saturday’s practice. “Like I said, everyone’s just focused on football. I’ll be off it for three weeks, and as soon as I break the three weeks, I’ll have a lot to say.
“I would never say anything to get in trouble. I speak on everything, so right now I’m going to just (focus). All the Democratic and Republican conventions, I’m going to just keep quiet.”
Twitter breaks are common practice among star athletes. For example, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James usually goes silent on all social media platforms once the NBA playoffs start.
“You watch guys like (LeBron), you watch other great players, and in the locker room you don’t see guys on their phones all the time, you don’t see guys joking around,” Knighton said.
“They’re always doing something productive to win. So I decided to give that up for three weeks, but like I said, I can’t wait to get back to Twitter because I always have a lot to say.”
Boston Celtics fans probably can’t wait for Knighton’s Twitter to start up again, as the Hartford, Conn., native already has been a willing free-agent recruiter for them.
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