In my opinion, Twitter is bad for student athletes. Even with it being used as a recruitment tool. Just hear me out...or read me out. Whichever.
Let's say, hypothetically, it were the 90s. Before all the social media craziness. Jalin doesn't hear a word from anyone other than the coaching staff, his teammates, and maybe some close friends and family outside the game. They pick him up, dust him off, and get his head straight to give him the confidence to not make the same mistake again. Plug in 2014s social media circus and this kid is reading hate tweets from idiot fans. This can most definitely claw at a 19 yr old kids psyche.
Maybe I'm too old school. I'm 31 and do not have a twitter, nor will I ever. People talking online about the most random things happening in their lives on a day to day basis is kinda strange to me. I have Facebook and I think it's OK. I use it to keep in touch with old friends and family, but even Facebook is too much sometimes.
The problem will always be there. It's something else a coaching staff has to focus on, all-the-while pulling away from their coaching duties. Because in addition to picking the kid up after the actual fumble in the game. Now the coaching staff has to deal with aftermath of the Twitter-verse backlash against the young man. It's a shame, really.
Keep your head up, Jalin. Don't listen to the idiots! Go Bucks!