Newly signed NFL player tweets his admiration to porn stars

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Deveric Gallington signed with the Arizona Cardinals today and will be partaking in the team’s preseason camp. The offensive lineman signed his contract and announced joining the team on Twitter with the following statement:

“I will be signing a contract with the Arizona Cardinals today! #GodisGreat”

There were a few problems with the tweet. Arizona Cardinal’s Web Manager Darren Urban tweeted to his 40,000 followers that the team had signed a D-Line player (Gallington is an offensive lineman). He quickly discovered the mistake and apologized for the confusion. I will be the first to admit that I have posted incorrect content on a team website or Twitter account. We are all human, and unfortunately to keep up with the almost-instant speed of Twitter we make a lot more mistakes. But that isn’t what Darren Urban, or the rest of the digital front office, will be worrying about this week.

Gallington has made his attraction to porn stars public knowledge. The tweet prior to his announced signing included a back and forth exchange with @KendraLust as seen below:

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Gallington tweets @KendraLust which links to a very NSFW (not safe for work) twitter handle.

After posting his signing Gallington went on to thank the many fans who congratulated his recent accomplishment. It is a big deal to sign a contract with an NFL team, and he should have enjoyed the moment with friends, family and fans. But not porn stars. Gallington would later begin a conversation with a different porn star:

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Once again Gallington was linking to a NSFW twitter handle.

The problem with all of this is that as a professional athlete there are certain expectations and standards you must meet. You are a role model for children, a positive example for fans and a potential marketer for products. None of that can be accomplished if you are publicly interacting with porn stars. It is an issue of public perception, and whether you like it or not it comes automatically as a professional athlete.

A good rule regarding Twitter for athletes to follow is only post content that you would share with your mother. In my most humble opinion, I doubt that Deveric Gallington would show porn to his mom.

Hopefully someone in the Arizona Cardinals front office takes note of these tweets and helps Gallington clean up his posts.

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