I’m not trying to be insensitive here. This is an unspeakable tragedy.
It hits especially close to home for ESPN since it occurred only 30 minutes away from its headquarters in Bristol. It is understandable that executives would ask staffers not to tweet until noon Sunday, per a report in Deadspin.
But I do have a question:
Does this mean none of us should tweet about sports until noon Sunday?
Despite our collective mourning, sports will go on today. Sports news will be made. ESPN has a full slate of games and SportsCenters on tap today.
ESPN.com is loaded with stories and highlight packages. The same holds true for the other networks and sports sites.
As far as I can tell, it looks like a normal Saturday.
Why then draw the line at Twitter?
Sorry, if that seems insensitive, but I just felt the question should be asked.
Sports always has served as a diversion. People will be turning to games on ESPN and elsewhere today to escape from the heart-breaking realities on CNN. They also will be looking at their Twitter feeds for the latest sports news. And other reporters and outlets are tweeting about sports.
Bottom line: Everyone has to do what they think is best for them.
Bottom line II: Keep those families in your prayers.