Ray Rice used to be a fan of Fantasy Football. That fandom ended on Sunday when Rice sent a reply to those who complained (or worse) to him on Twitter that he is a fan no more. It marks the second straight week that an NFL star has responded to his virtual owners. Last week, Falcons wide receiver Roddy White advised his fantasy bosses that if he didn't practice during the week not to start him.
Certainly player access in the social-sphere has changed the game, but in Rice's case, he was injured on a non contact play and those who started him were not happy. Gone are the days of simply screaming at the tv when your guy goes down.
Where should the line be drawn?
Listen, these guys are doing (or trying) to do their jobs and we are playing a silly game. Do the same knuckleheads that tweet negatives at players send 'atta boy' messages when good things happen to their team that means absolutely nothing to anyone other than them?
Of course not.
Now, the easy thing for Ray to do would be to just ignore the whole situation and move on. But that is what makes social media so great. Never have fans had access to players like they do now and we are learning that is both good and bad.
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