Can your employer keep you from tweeting?

twitterApparently in Bristol, CT, yes, an employer can keep you from tweeting. According to Deadspin, Keith Law, a baseball writer at ESPN, has been suspended from Twitter by his employer. It’s unclear why, but there was speculation it had to do with his defense of evolution.

It wasn’t just any defense, though, it was a defense he mounted against Curt Schilling of bloody sock in the World Series fame. Shilling, who unsuccessfully started a video game company in Rhode Island and was recently treated for cancer, is now back at ESPN as a baseball analyst.

Deadspin updated its article with a statement from ESPN stating, “Keith’s Twitter suspension had absolutely nothing to do with his opinions on the subject.” However, it does not give any further information.

Here’s my question, if it wasn’t for his online conversation with a pitching great about science, what was the suspension for? There’s no disputing that Law was suspended, which, in itself is questionable, but no reason given. Ok, it’s a personnel issue, and those are generally kept locked behind a closed door. But how can ESPN say, “You cannot tweet until Monday”? I ask that in all sincerity.

It’s not as though ESPN owns Twitter. And if there were other questionable tweets, why not cite those in a response? I have so many questions after seeing this article, and I wish I could find some answers. But I won’t be going to Twitter to get them. At least not from Law. Until Monday.


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