Steve Smith: ‘I’ll kill you on Twitter, so I had to stop’

Steve Smith’s Twitter page was an entertaining — if not fascinating — collection of hot takes. Steve Smith’s Twitter account is no more.

The Ravens’ veteran receiver, who regularly engaged with trolls and detractors, decided to quit the social media platform last week.

Why?

“I’ll kill you on Twitter, so I had to stop,” Smith said, per the Baltimore Sun. “Somebody would say something inappropriate to me, and I wasn’t being a very good example for my kids.

“People are going to say what they want on Twitter. Internet courage is great. Internet courage is like a Cover-2 corner. You’ve got a safety over the top, you feel better about yourself. You got that one-on-one coverage, you back off a little bit. That’s how I look at Twitter.”

Much like his on-field self, Smith never backed down from a challenge, which, on Twitter, means hateful rants in 140 characters or less. He said he only signed up for account to combat imposters who were “[direct messaging] people inappropriate things.”

Smith’s top priority remains on the gridiron, where he’s dominated this season, leading the Ravens with 55 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns. It’s also understandable that the 35-year-old doesn’t want to set a bad example for his children.

Still, Twitter will be a more boring place without his musings. I’ll leave you off with this final gem …

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Zack Kelberman
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