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Chipper Jones is involved in a Twitter war

Apr 2, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

Chipper Jones AP

Chipper Jones is filling his retirement with activities. Like getting involved in a Twitter battle. The short version:

No one looks great here. Gaines likely never would have taken a gratuitous shot at Jones if he wasn’t famous and, like a lot of internet commenters and folks on Twitter, likely felt, on some level, like his words don’t matter as long as the target is big enough or there remained a fair chance they wouldn’t be read. At least Gaines’ admits in his column that he behaved poorly.

But Jones’ stuff — particularly the shot at Gaines’ fiancee — was low rent, uncalled for and, above all else, inexplicable.  You’re a big famous ballplayer. If someone is being immature and rude, how about ignoring them? You took jeers from the worst of the worst for 20 years and you decide to go off on some guy on Twitter? Really?  And even Jones’ defense — that he was just dishing back what was given him — rings hollow given that Gaines was just being an ass to Jones while Jones — after returning the favor to Gaines — decided to escalate by picking on the guy’s fiancee.

The Internet: yes it’s newish to some. And yes it has changed a lot. But it doesn’t, as far as I know, trump the “don’t be a jerk to people” rule. Amazing how many people forget that.

  1. thenaturalmevs - Apr 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Some guy who used to write for Deadspin acting like a D-bag on the internet. Wow, I’m completely shocked. I don’t blame Jones one bit for this.

  2. dexterismyhero - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    But he started it!!!!!!! Acting like children.

    Twitter is for immature a$$holes.

    Gaines is an idiot and his fiance should kick him in the nuts for putting her out there as an AVI.

    Larry Wayne should just go hunting.

    I had a buddy from college named E Wayne.

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