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He’s ba-a-a-a-ck!

Keith Law, the baseball writer from ESPN, who had been suspended from Twitter by his employer, is back. And his first tweet is a doozy.

Quoting Galileo in his first tweet back, Law puts back on the table what ESPN apparently tried to take off – a conversation about science.

Translated, the quote says, “And yet it moves.” The story is that Galileo supported Nicolaus Copernicus’ theory that the Earth orbits the sun. Galileo was brought before a Roman Court and found guilty of heresy. After receiving his sentence of house arrest, Galileo looked to the sky and muttered those three words.

In writing them in his first tweet back, Law not only shows he’s a well-read man, but that he’s not going to back down from his stand against fellow ESPN baseball contributor Curt Schilling. Interestingly, Schilling was never suspended for his tweets.

After I posted the original story about Law’s suspension, I heard from my professor, a Red Sox loving, hard-nosed journalist. He wrote, “You ask if an employer can stop an employee from tweeting. I actually think what happened was more pernicious than that. Journalists are required to tweet, and are then hung out to dry the minute they exercise poor judgment. It’s really unfair.”

It will be interesting to see if ESPN ever makes a statement on the whole situation, or if supervisors there hope it can just go away.

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.