Rick Pitino, the Hall of Fame basketball coach for the Louisville Cardinals, who is leading his team to a 22-4 record thus far, declared a few days ago at a news conference, "I think anyone who reads social media that's in sports is not all there." Pitino does not allow players on his team to tweet, which is one of the most popular social media sites. Chris Jones and Russ Smith compensate by using another popular service, Instagram.
Today on ESPN’s popular radio show, Mike & Mike, he expressed his strong thoughts towards social media in sports. "Every hour, it's like taking a little bit of poison," Pitino said Wednesday on Mike & Mike." "It poisons their minds. "I think technology is a great thing in many instances, and I think it's poison in others, and for people in sports especially." "I'm trying to get our players to read more, pay attention to important things."
"We as parents and teachers, we want our children, we want our players to communicate, to articulate a message, to get in front of a human resources person and articulate their passion for wanting a job," he said. "We're losing our abilities to communicate, especially young people today."