Social media can be a good thing, and, can be a bad thing. The help, excitement, and love it can generate is phenomenal. However, a dark side comes with all good, and now, former baseball superstar pitcher, Curt Shilling is leading the charge to show the bad it can do.

In case you haven't heard the story, Shillings daughter was accepted into college, and will play baseball. He simply twittered congratulations to her.   Some "twitter trolls" got involved harassing his daughter with some of the most offensive language anyone has ever heard.

Shilling to the rescue. He went after the guys right away, and tracked them down and "outed" them.

He pulled no punches when expressing his outrage over the situation on his blog:

[There were] tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much every other vulgar and defiling word you could likely fathom began to follow. I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb cr-p, often. But I can’t ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone.”

Who were these guys? One is a student at New Jersey’s Brookdale Community College named Adam Nagel.

The other, Sean MacDonald, a graduate of New Jersey’s Montclair State University who Schilling says was president of his fraternity. He’s also a part-time ticket seller for the New York Yankees, who promptly fired him after the story got out.

The Twitter accounts of both men have been deleted, but the damage may already be done. As Schilling writes, “These boys have yet to understand one of life’s most important lessons. In the real world you get held accountable for the things you say and if you are not careful that can mean some different things.”

Proud of you Curt.


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