Steelers’ Bud Dupree snaps back at Twitter heckler after Chiefs loss
They can’t help themselves.
Even in the face of scathing criticism, the Pittsburgh Steelers go out and beg for more of it via their social media behavior.
This time the player involved in a tense exchange is Bud Dupree. The outside linebacker did little to slide into the box score during Sunday’s 42-37 loss to the Steelers. He had just two tackles to go along with two offsides penalties.
Don’t forget those!
Bud managed to slide into the DMs of a Steelers fan who was upset about his performance though (warning: contains strong language).
The fan, a pleasant fellow named Russ, tweeted at Dupree: “Where the (expletive) were you all game.”
Well, Dupree didn’t appreciate that. So, via direct message, he replied: “I was at your girl(‘s) house (innuendo deleted), wat u gone do”
Surely, you’ll be stunned to find out that Russ took the direct message public.
I get where Dupree is coming from. To a point.
There are few things more annoying than someone begging for fleeting significance on Twitter by saying something to you from the comfort of the internet. Usually, it’s something they would never tell you in person. Especially if you are 6-foot-4, 269 pounds of muscle like Dupree is.
I’m not above chirping back at a troll or two (or 50) myself. But the digital “give-and-take” with angry fans is in my job description. It isn’t for a player. Their job is to perform and move on.
Dupree has his own social media account. And this user was taking liberties on it. So Dupree can reply as he wishes.
This is a battle he’ll never win. And he’s best served not logging on while times are bad because this is all he is going to see.
That’s pretty good advice for all Steelers right about now. Come to think of it, when it comes to the Steelers, that’s good advice whether times are good or bad.
A social media blackout for this club would be a good idea.