Former Chief, Shaun Smith, Responded To Twitter Tough Guys By Becoming The Ultimate Twitter Tough Guy
There is one way and one way only that a professional athlete, either former or present, can lose a Twitter battle, and that's by engaging in one in the first place. Sure, they have just as much of a right to post whatever they want on social media. However, they are at a distinct disadvantage when they do. You see, it's very hard to win a twitter battle in the court of public opinion without posting something that the general public might find stupid, and every stupid thing that professional athletes say becomes a story. Becoming the ultimate twitter tough guy by posting a picture of your pistol to prove that non-carrying twitter users aren't as tough is not only ironic, but undoubtedly considered stupid. Shaun Smith's biggest crime here wasn't posting a firearm on a website in a threatening manner. It was that he resorted to implied violence in dealing with people he is never, ever going to meet. I kind of that thought that was the entire theme of his tweet until he reversed field by attaching that picture. Everyone knows that when you are engaging in harmless banter on the internet the first person that can't come up with anything better than "I'll kick your ass" is the loser. Pretty sure "I'll shoot you if you tweet at me" falls into that same category. Shaun Smith didn't just make himself look foolish, but he gave a bunch of random assholes on the internet a fraudulent sense of fulfillment, and that's all they were really looking for in the first place.
P.S. What are the chances that Shaun Smith thinks that he is free to threaten to shoot whoever he wants solely because he has his gun license on him? Can't see that becoming an issue in the future...