BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur won’t be caught dead on Twitter but he’s well aware of what his players do on social media.
Shurmur was none too pleased to learn that following their 34-12 loss to the Denver Broncos that returner Josh Cribbs fired back at angry fans with a profanity laced tweet.
“I see all the negativity on twitter after I gave my life for this —-. So to all of you who are against me —- all y’all! I’m still gonna do me!,” Cribbs tweeted following the game.
The tweet was quickly deleted from Cribbs’ feed but the damage was done.
Shurmur said Monday that he has addressed the tweet with Cribbs but would not say if he has or will fine him for it.
“I did and of course that’s not acceptable,” Shurmur said. “You know we had a little conversation about why I don’t like that, how he shouldn’t do that and I think he’s remorseful and I added to that he shouldn’t be reading tweets after the game as well.”
“I think [from] the outside looking in on a locker room, you folks report on it but emotions are raw when you don’t win a game and I think he understands that and it’s very important that you try to gather yourself and gain composure.”
This isn’t the first incident involving players on Twitter this season.
Mohamed Massaquoi disputed Shurmur as to whether or not he had a concussion during training camp and Greg Little fired back at critical fans in September and has stopped tweeting since.
Shurmur is hopeful that Cribbs and the rest of his players use better judgement next time.
“We’re all competitive people but it’s also important that we use good judgment,” Shurmur said. “I think part of using good judgment is don’t read that stuff. You just don’t because that won’t infuriate you more.”
Shurmur added that although he does not participate in social media, there are plenty of staffers within the Browns organization who do and keep him informed of any inappropriate behavior by his players.