Drama of Twitter reaches Packers' backfield
Jayme Snowden, Packers contributor
Eddie Lacy, Jonathan Franklin.Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Last night as I was doing my last check of twitter for news before calling it a night, two tweets caught my eye.
I've been down but i had to realize my God isn't football but my God is awesome and as long as i have him i have peace. My life is yours GOD— Johnathan Franklin (@JFrank2308) August 26, 2013
With that said, I am thankful for My God humbling me to realize that, I'm here to be a light and God give me strength to do that!— Johnathan Franklin (@JFrank2308) August 26, 2013
I’d like to say my initial reaction was, “Enjoy seeing a man profess his faith so vocally”, but that thought was about fifth on my list.
First thought: The Packers cut Johnathan Franklin?
No way. NO WAY!
Would the Packers really cut such a high draft pick, especially with one game of the preseason left?
I’ve been known to over re-act before, so I sat on it for a while.
I checked Franklin’s twitter bio. No mention of the Packers. Granted I hadn’t checked it the day before; I wouldn’t know if he changed it, nor would I know why he changed it.
But still, my mind was racing.
Failing to believe the Packers would really cut Franklin, my second thought was, “He’s hurt.” I quickly negated that one as I didn’t hear any reports from practice that he was hurt.
I doubted at that time of night, 11:24 EDT, a doctor was calling with an injury update.
Third thought was just as random. The Packers must have told him he was the lowest string running back. “Humbling” and “being down” in my mind equated to being told “James Starks is better than you”.
Again, logic kicked in. The Packers aren’t making depth chart decisions at 10:00 pm Lambeau Time four days before the final pre-season game.
So I sat, and kept refreshing my Twitter feed.
Surely someone would update. Was everything okay with Franklin’s family? Did something happen in his personal life? Was it just a particularly rough day of practice and he got reamed out?
Or, the most likely case looking back now, he was doing what I and many others often do: having a moment of reflection up on his life and making a statement and commitment to it.
A couple beat reporters tweeted questions to Franklin and some tweeters suggested that simply asking Franklin was over the line.
I love twitter. But I also love privacy.
It made me think, where is the line between the two?
We live in a world where information is available all the time.
The middle of the work day to the middle of the night, news breaks and we know immediately.
When I get up in the middle of the night, I check my phone for the time, but I also check it for any important updates.
My twitter feed posts all new tweets in the bottom right corner of my work computer. All day long, can’t miss a thing.
Of course, in the end, Franklin practiced with the Packers on Monday, being neither cut nor hurt.
It’s up to him if he explains his tweets or not. His feed, his life, his reflection and his faith.
He tweeted the following Monday night, a tweet he later deleted.
MY TWEET WAS JUST ABOUT ME REALIZING THAT I NEED TO PUT GOD FIRST IN MY LIFE ABOVE ALL. PLEASE DON'T OVERANALYZE! GOD BLESS— Johnathan Franklin (@JFrank2308) August 26, 2013
I don’t feel bad for wondering if there was a bigger story behind Franklin’s tweets, and I don’t think it’s wrong for someone to ask him about it.
It would be wrong to proclaim their meaning without knowing it.
I laid awake in bed for an extra hour last night, waiting for news, because I am a Packers addict.
I was happy that someone asked for the meaning; getting an answer would have helped me sleep better.
But I have realized in this 24 hour, twitter news frenzy, for me it’s best to react on my own.
As fans, talking about it with friends is okay, but keep assumptions as guesses, and best not to harass someone for an answer to your own theory of their life story.