Yesterday was a sad day for twitter. Baltimore Ravens wideout Steve Smith Sr quit the social media site. Smith has 92,500 thousand followers and was well worth a follow.
When he took to twitter he was his normal controversial self, brutally honest and often hilarious. However he has revealed that his honesty is the reason behind him quitting twitter, saying that he though his kids may be picking up on it.
“I’ll kill you on Twitter, so I had to stop,” Smith told Baltimore Sun. “Somebody would say something inappropriate to me, and I wasn’t being a very good example for my kids.
Smith continued. “People are going to say what they want on Twitter. Internet courage is great. Internet courage is like a Cover-2 corner. You’ve got a safety over the top, you feel better about yourself. You got that one-on-one coverage, you back off a little bit. That’s how I look at Twitter.”
Smith was particularly active on the social media site in the build up and after the Ravens match up against his former team the Carolina Panthers. It was mostly all in good humor though however after the loss to the Colts the following week he decided enough was enough.
In his final tweet he directed followers who were interested in keeping up with his movements to follow the Steve Smith Foundation on twitter instead. The foundation 'focuses on the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of our community, one person at a time.'
Next up for Smith and the 4-2 Ravens is a home tie against the 2-4 Atlanta Falcons. Smith and Joe Flacco will be keen to take advantage of the Falcons poor defense and provide the fans with a third consecutive home win.
Smith has looked great so far this season. He's arguably one of the best receivers in the league and at 35 has shown no signs of slowing down in his twilight years. He has 573 receiving yards (5th) and is averaging 16.4 yards per reception with four TD's.