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by: Black Adam Schefter On  Monday, February 22, 2016

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Social media today is a powerful platform especially when used correctly, it can also destroy you if you press enter and send out the wrong thing. The media has the power to turn you into a good guy or the villain, but unlike back then, you can dispute anything immediately as soon as it hits the net. Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens sat down with Dallas Morning News to discuss how social media could have been the turning point on how he is perceived by fans today.

On the media:

“If anybody has any preconceived notions about me or any ill feelings toward me about my character or anything like that, you have to sit down and be around me for more than five minutes or read some clips or read some press. I think that’s what a lot of people have really gotten from a lot of the media portrayal of my character. Other than that, I’ve always been the same person. There have been a number of guys that have gone out on a limb to try and defend me in terms of my character and how I was in the locker room.”

On the benefits of social media for athletes: 

“Where social media is now, if it was really that way back then I would have been able to dispute or dispel some of those things. The media is very, very powerful. I realize the way that people perceive me now is based on the media’s inaccurate portrayal of who I was. [Social media] is now a platform for a lot of guys to dispute or dispel anything that’s going on out there. There’s no middle man. Had I been able to have that platform, there were times where I did interviews where I tried to defend myself, but with a lot of people that don’t know much about the media, there’s something called editing. So they edit it the way they want it portrayed and for people to see it across the country, so that’s how it all happened.”

On the possible negative side of social media:

“I don’t really drink, so you wouldn’t have gotten any drunk tweets from me.”

H/T – DallasNews



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