Somebody call Vogue Magazine and let them know that Twitter is no longer cool according to their one time fashion intern, NHL forward, Sean Avery. Recently, Avery proclaimed that he was “so done” with the social network, and within minutes deleted his account @seanaverydotcom. Sadly, I missed all the excitement as I’m 13 hours ahead of New York City. You screwed me again, Korea! *shakes fist* (I wasn’t actually following him, though, but I would check in from time to time). So, if you were wondering why Sean hasn’t been showing up in your Tweet feed lately, now you know!
Avery is no stranger to controversy. He has received a lot of bad press for his outlandish statements and actions both on and off the ice. However, given that he has numerous non-hockey ventures that he should be promoting to the public, such as, his website, and his Tribeca area restaurant, Warren 77, Avery’s decision to delete his account on the best social networking site on the web is clearly as poorly thought out as his decision to step in front of the cameras at the Saddledome in Calgary back in the 2008-09 season. But whether he’s freaking out over Twitter or his sloppy seconds, no Sean Avery style dick move/melt down would be complete without comedic benefits.
It’s hard to say what pushed Sean over the edge to the point of deleting his Twitter account, but I would say that it’s a safe bet that he was fed up with the smack talk from his anti-fan followers. You would think that if any hockey player in the National Hockey League would have thick skin, it would be Sean Avery. After all, he made a name for himself as the biggest pest in the game, and, quite frankly, one could argue that his saucy mouth is what keeps him both a fan favourite, and gainfully employed in the NHL. Of course, there are a lot of irritating “self-righteous fans” out there that turn up their noses whenever a player gets his hands dirty with an on ice brawl, or off ice foul; irrational people who believe that hockey players are upstanding men in pastel cardigans with no hair on their balls. Naturally, these fans would not think too highly of Mr. Avery, and by putting himself in the public domain with Twitter and his website, well, like all athletes, he opened up the floodgates for optimal dick access (that’s what she said). A lot of sports fans like to make themselves feel important by calling out athletes from the safety of their PC, so it’s not surprising that Avery of all people would get an F-tonne of smack. However, as I mentioned before, the shocking thing is that Mr. Chirpy McChirpington himself couldn’t handle the abuse from his anti-fans (read: nobodies), when he likely encounters the same treatment from his opponents on a regular basis.
This is why I am slightly skeptical that online bullying is really what pushed this fashion conscious tough guy over the edge. Perhaps, Avery was saving face. Perhaps, he didn’t like that “real” celebrities have follower numbers in the six and seven digits, and he couldn’t get past four. Perhaps, “something” deteriorated in his personal life, and he couldn’t take back the tweet-evidence of better times, and so, he chose to run from it altogether. I’m not trying to start rumours or anything, I’m just playing devil’s advocate again. Anyway, whatever the reason for Sean Avery to swear off of Twitter, the fact remains that the hockey “tweep” community will surely be devastated by the loss. Sean Avery is the biggest name in the National Hockey League period. I know you are probably going to disagree and throw the Kid and Ovi cards at me, but those two are really only popular in pro sports circles. Avery, on the other hand, has managed to make a name for himself in a much larger arena. So, given the nature of the beast that is Sean Avery, if he would have stuck with tweeting, I predict that he would have become the best and most popular NHL player to follow on Twitter whether his followers loved him or hated him. Oh well.
Remembering better days… P.S. In Korea they don’t say “sloppy seconds,” they say “vagina brothers.”