When the star cornerback Antonio Cromartie was tweeting whether the "nasty food" at training camp has contributed to the team failing to reach the Super Bowl in recent years, he surely did not expect to be fined by the Chargers for that.
But that was what the Chargers did on Tuesday. Coach Norv Turner pulled Cromartie out of a meeting Tuesday and notified him that he was being fined for his Twitter comments. Then Cromartie received a letter that informed of the fine of $2,500.
The Chargers has been using Twitter as a promotional tool. But they have also been worried about what their players have to say on the Web site. That makes players feel that they can not say what they want to say. Coach Turner also told the players not to tweet while they're in the building and not to write messages critical of the organization. On this point, Cromartie's being fined is more like a warning to all players.