Here’s Why The Family Of Athletes Should Avoid Social Media

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Chiefs fans saw something on Sunday they only saw one meaningful time in 2020, a defeat; and sadly, for them, it was during the Super Bowl when they failed to defend their championship. For the loved ones of the players on the team, however, the loss appears to be have been even more confusing since the media, in their minds, turned against the team by highlighting the pain of their defeat. To those people, I suggest this: avoid social media when things are good, and avoid social media when your team loses, because clearly in Kansas City the families of players need to stay off social media. 

Brittany Matthews is the bride-to-be of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes and has been a loud supporter of his. Matthews, however, was upset when ESPN used images of Mahomes to illustrate how badly he and his team were being dominated in their Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night.  She went so far as to say that the all-sports network wasn’t supporting one of the NFL’s best players by posting the images on social media, calling them “corny” and “trash” on Twitter for doing so. 

Some people are calling Brittany Matthews out for being a sore loser, which for me is an easy way of saying that she and those who are family of the players on Kansas City just don’t understand how the media works. They forget the media is trying to tell a story, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat as it was once described. Sports media, just as social media, is a place where words and images come together, but where images still tell the story better than words. So, when the ESPN Twitter account chooses to use screenshots of a bewildered looking Patrick Mahomes, they are not looking to protect the feelings of the quarterback or his family, but to express to their followers how he feels in the moment … something anyone who cares about any Kansas City player would have wanted to hide Sunday.

The moral of the story here is that Brittany Matthews as well as all the wives, girlfriends, and family members of those athletes competing for championships need to know that not only are their loved one out there for all to see, but so are they. The success and failure of every player is part of the story of any game, because for every home run hit or touchdown scored, someone failed to help their team win, and both sides of that story are often told with the same level of detail. 

What the people who love those in uniform need to understand is that they cannot make themselves part of that story by adding their own feelings to the story. That’s because fans will not only turn against them, but will also turn against those players they love and cheer for. Thus, making a bad situation worse for themselves and the athletes they love off the field.

Everyone in Kansas City has a lot to deal with this week after their team’s defeat. Let’s hope that Brittany Matthews and others like her understand what they need to do in order to be a better loved one in 2021 and once next season arrives. Because another great narrative in sports is watching those who have climbed the mountain of success fall off that mountain, and loved ones need to expect that story to be written as soon as it happens. They also need to learn how to support their loved ones without expecting others who don’t have a rooting interest to do so too. 

 


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