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Chipper Jones is involved in a Twitter war

Apr 2, 2013, 4:33 PM EST

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. darthicarus - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    Twitter, serious business.

  2. Sorbet Te Charta Saccus - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Larry’s a jerk. Always has been. Always will be. Not that he is the only one wrong here. Pete Gaines (who???) is a real jackass going back to his time at deadspin. But to bring in the fiance is something that is not too surprising coming from a jerk like Larry. Larry. Yeah, I like calling him Larry.

    Larry.

    • seahawks19081 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Who doesn’t like calling him Larry?

      • wmg8383 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Call me Midwestern, but I like calling him Larry Wayne. How many Waynes do you know? Not many, I bet. Wayne is fun to say.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:29 PM

        Our new Congressman is named MarkWayne — one word. For realz. Urgh.

  3. earpaniac - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Just curious what people think, but isn’t telling Jones to go do some adultery a shot at his wife? I know his supposed past, but to me it seems somehow a shot at his wife too.

    • zzalapski - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Chipper separated from his second wife last June, and has said (in a SI column) that he will never marry again.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:31 PM

        So many women, a bullet dodged.

  4. seahawks19081 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Just Larry being Larry. You need something to do when you are retired.

    • wmg8383 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      Bangin’ Hooters chicks, man. Can’t blame him.

  5. js20011041 - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    I would say that Gaines should pick on Chipper’s wife, but just check his twitter feed. She’s jaw dropping. It’s amazing what money will buy.

  6. frenchysplatediscipline - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    No better way to punctuate this article than the picture of…

    CHIPPER ‘ROID FACE!

  7. Matt - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    I really don’t understand using the term “cyberbullying” here at all. Gaines sent him an unsolicited cheapshot about steroids and his personal life. Chipper fired off 3 quick tweets which made light of Gaines’ appearance, personal life, etc. There was no prolonged mocking or belittling or taunting of Gaines, and as best I can tell it was all done on his part until Gaines wrote this article accusing him of cyberbulling. At best Gaines seems to be blaming Chipper for his fans continual harassment, which can’t exactly be surprising to someone who went out of his way to be a dick to a famous person on twitter.

    In no way saying Chipper was in the right here, but his personal response wasn’t so far out of kind from the initial unsolicited tweet, and Gaines’ article seems to be painting Chipper out to be some out of control monster.

    • carbydrash - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      Yeah, you don’t get to cry foul when you randomly attack somebody and they attack you back.

      Don’t won’t people being a dick to you? Well, don’t be a dick.

      • hittfamily - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:08 PM

        George Zimmerman you can cry foul at that.

      • hittfamily - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

        edit: ^ thinks

      • badintent - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:31 AM

        thnking Jones dials up AN for some real payback on Gaines.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      That whole gawker media group is built upon complaining and ripping people then acting like victims when someone calls them on it.
      You get automatic feature status if your topic revolves around bullying, gays, anti-republican and the like.

  8. thebadguyswon - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    You didn’t need to say anything more than Deadspin.

    Being a douche is a prerequisite to employment on that site.

  9. Tim's Neighbor - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    So this dude claims cyberbullying after he started cyberbullying? This is why people think the term bullying is being abused. Ugh. I wish this wasn’t news.

    Ole Chopper should have just retweeted without comment and expose the guy for being a jackass instead of being a jackass himself.

    • Matt - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Exactly. Unless I’m missing something, the story is:
      Step 1: send an insulting, unsolicited, obnoxious tweet at a famous (possibly a-hole) person;
      Step 2: famous (a-hole?) person writes three obnoxious tweets in response, one of which has the twitter handle of the first a-hole
      Step 3: idiot fans of said famous person continue to hassle original jerk for being a jerk and go way out of bounds in their response.
      Step 4: write an article claiming to be the victim of cyberbullying from a famous person because the famous person you were an a-hole to has a ton of followers who called you names.

      This is, frankly, insulting to those who are actual victims of cyberbulling. Those who have to endure comments from their school peers, go to school with those same people, and unfortunately sometimes result to suicide in search of some relief from the constant attacks….those are the actual victims, and by lumping this nonsense in with their torment makes trying to show cyberbullying to be a real problem that much more difficult.

  10. El Bravo - Apr 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    Chipper wins. Always. Period.

  11. rockytony - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Who in the hell is Pete Gaines? Look. Jones might not have been an angel but in his case he should be judged on what he did on the field. In an era where a player often is attracted to the big bucks, Chipper remained with one club for his entire career. Last night’s reception indicates how the fan appreciated him and his accomplishments, He performed extremely well and should be judged on the merit of his on-the-field accomplishments. I can almost bet that Gaines has yet to accomplish a thing other than being a class A gutter snipe, shooting a pea shooter from around a corner.

    • Matt Hunter - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      He should be judged by what he did on the field? How does that have any relevance whatsoever? Cool, he was good at a sport. Doesn’t at all forgive him cheating on his wife for a year and a half or being an asshole (to people who were, admittedly, being assholes to him as well). I’m tired of everyone claiming that athletic performance has any relevance towards a person’s character.

    • djpostl - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Are you an idiot? His character should be judged to be good because he stayed with one team, making millions of dollars rather than by how he conducts himself in life?

      Just another idiot who thinks athletic prowess trumps being a decent human being.

      Ol’ Larry showed a certain slimeball factor with the adultery and the fact he brought the guys girlfriend/fiance into the mix and then actually defended doing so because she happened to be pictured in the guys avi just reaffirmed it.

      Dude is just another piece of white trash who talks about being the good Christian all the time, but doesn’t make much of an effort to, ya know, actually be a good Christian.

  12. chill1184 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    I wonder if Gaines was fired or quit Deadspin. If he was fired it says alot on how pathetic he really is to get fired from a site that makes ESPN, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC look like the gold standards of journalism.

  13. vallewho - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    After all these years, I just became a fan of Mr. Jones.

    • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Seriously, *that* made you a Fan of Larry?

  14. hockeyflow33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Aren’t you insulting Chipper’s wife by making comments about adultery?

    • djpostl - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      No, that is insulting the phony fuck who committed it.

  15. mclovinhockey - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Gaines dishes it out, jones gets pissed responds, Gaines cries saying jones is a bully.

    Gaines, don’t toss around cheap shots if you can’t take them.

    Both jones and Gaines should grow up.

    • djpostl - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:42 PM

      And what about the woman who had nothing to do with it but caught some cheap shots from one of those involved?

      I have zero problem with him laying into Gaines but dude should man up and apologize to her (like the good Christian he claims to be).

  16. manchestermiracle - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Isn’t Twitter (what an appropriate name for messages from twits) just a faster version of junior-high-school-stupid Facebook? The more ubiquitous easy communication becomes the lower it sinks….

    • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      As with all things, it depends how you use it. Larry is no Old Hoss.

  17. sportsdrenched - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    This reminds of this hockey game I was watching when the NHL was on ESPN. This fan was giving a player in the penalty box all kinds of business. Banging on the glass and all that. Then the glass breaks and the fan fall into the penalty box to which the player then decided to give said fan some business of his own with his fists.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:17 PM

      That was Tie Domi at a Leafs game

    • garythebat - Apr 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM

      And here’s an even more direct comparison: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/boxing–boxer-combats-cyberbullying-by-tracking-down-his-twitter-bully-024738024.html

  18. historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    I think this indicates Chipper’s Twitter skills are on par with his basketball goal building skills. Seems good, until it’s time to play. Then, you think: maybe I should’ve used a different prop.

  19. djpostl - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Just another phony ass piece of “Christian” white trash. If he wants to unload on the guy fine, dude fired the first salvo, but he had no business bringing her into it.

    I loved his sorry excuse that somehow because she’s in the guys picture that somehow makes her fair game.

    He should have been the better man, but wasn’t (strike one Larry). Then he didn’t even have decency to own up for his bad behavior (steeee-rikkke two!) and has yet to offer any apology to the lady who had nothing to do with it (yer outta here!!!).

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 2, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Don’t be married to a douchebag then

  20. darkglobe1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    seems like he touched a nerve

  21. garythebat - Apr 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    A former employee of Deadspin (basically the 4chan of sports, which is basically the collective asshole of the internet) whining about being buillied after he was the initial provocateur? Pot kettle black.

  22. norcalsportsknowledge - Apr 2, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Good for Chipper

  23. stephenolszewski - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Both Chipper and Gaines are in the wrong here

  24. richyballgame - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    The internet is what it is. Gaines should have known better,Chipper should have been more mature about it. I hope they do the mature thing: Apologize to each other,and leave things at that.

  25. sanderbryan9 - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    While Gaines acted unprofessionally in his initial “punch,” Chipper acted equally as unprofessional and absolutely childish in even acknowledging it. The fact of the matter is Chipper DID commit adultery, thus leaving himself inevitably vulnerable to such attacks. As a lifelong Chipper Jones fanatic, I expected more from him. If he can’t handle the few who chose to go after the weaknesses in his personal life, he shouldn’t be on twitter; there are far more fans praising him for his career. The fact that he let the “conversation” continue via twitter says a lot about his character (or lack thereof). A hall of fame career does not entitle you to say what you want when you want. If Chipper Jones takes any pride in his astounding career, he should consider taking some pride in his image as a hero.

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