This may sound pretty ridiculous, but Pacman Jones and I aren't all that different. Sure, we have varying commands of the English language (that's a literacy thing, not a race thing), and we probably disagree on gun control (especially in strip clubs). However, when it comes to social media, we have a lot more in common than you'd think. You can criticize him for jumping on Twitter after a loss and bitching about what happened on the field, but don't you dare act like you're not being hypocritical. The only thing that differentiates us from Pacman Jones is that he doesn't stop himself from pressing 'send', 'post', or 'publish'. We let ourselves get shamed into silence by the hypothetical reactions of online strangers, whereas he has never known the feeling. Who hasn't gotten fed up with the stupidity of their acquaintances on Facebook and conjured up some long winded, politically incorrect response based on race or politics before realizing how poorly it would be received if they posted it? Am I the only person questioning how funny the joke I typed is before tweeting it? I really don't think so. So you know what, Pacman Jones may (does) look like an idiot for letting his emotions get the best of him in this semi-coherent rant, but at least he's not a slave to the opinions of an internet audience like all of us. Discretion is for the diffident. Filters are for the fraudulent. If nothing else, Pacman Jones can rest easy knowing that he'll never not be himself.
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