Social Media: Your Old Posts Affect Future Opportunities

David Meltzer discusses social media and it's effect on the NFL Draft

The relativity of time confuses almost everyone. How are the past, present, and future all one? Well, it’s through the principle of relativity. The past is relative to our present, and that is why we must be grateful, and we must also keep in mind that our present is relative to the future. These ideas are especially true as they pertain to social media.

Social media has taken that relativity and brought it to the forefront, which has proven to be especially true with the recent NFL draft. First off, I wouldn’t want to be judged for anything that I did before I was 21 years old. Now it is commonplace to codify our maturation process and to keep it entrusted in a repository, like Twitter or other types of social networking platforms, which is dangerous. Here are four classic examples in this week’s blog showcasing how social media, and one’s past, has significantly made an impact in the NFL recently.

Laremy Tunsil

Top NFL prospect Laremy Tunsil found this out, as he had a video of himself smoking marijuana posted to his Twitter account just 13 minutes before the draft, apparently done by a disgruntled ex-money manager of his. That alleged individual also posted incriminating texts, which constitute further NCAA violations at Ole Miss, causing him to drop from potentially being drafted as the 6th pick to being drafted 13th—a difference of roughly $8 million.

Wendell Smallwood

Eagles’ draft pick Wendell Smallwood, was discovered to have posted lots of negative things about Philly in the past on Twitter. Smallwood stated, “I really hope I don’t get to go to Philly.” Now he is in a very uncomfortable situation after being drafted by them four years later. He has since deleted his social media accounts.

Dak Prescott

The next victim of their social media banter was the Cowboy’s quarterback pick, Dak Prescott, who previously ranted about Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo in the team’s 2012 season finale. Prescott said, “No, he doesn’t finish, and none of those interceptions were because of the O-line #noexcuses,” followed by, “I’m DONE.” Now he’s going to be in a situation where Romo is going to potentially mentor him in Dallas.

Shon Coleman

Finally, Cleveland Browns rookie tackle Shon Coleman has a different perspective of the present. His perspective is one that looks to the future. Instead of staying at home for the draft like everyone else or going to Chicago, Shon Coleman went down to Memphis, Tennessee to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where six years earlier he had conquered leukemia, and now inspires other kids to fight. Shon’s choices on draft day show the importance of understanding relativity, which is a combination of our appreciation of the past and the inspiration we derive for our future.

The future is bright because of guys like Shon Coleman who, once a cancer patient, is now an inspiration to so many children. Not just an inspiration to love football, but to live. The past, present, and future are all relative.

Change your past by shifting your perspective to focus on how wonderful it was, is, and will be. And remember that our present becomes our future, so let’s be careful what we post, what we say, and what we think!

By: David Meltzer


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