If you follow ESPN, you know Michelle Beadle. She’s the cohost of SportsNation on ESPN2. She is also well known for being harassed on Twitter. Daily. She’s a great journalist, and she has a lot of followers, but sometimes her extreme bias gets her in some trouble with Twitter trolls.
Beadle is a huge San Antonio Spurs fan, and thebiglead recently ran an article on Beadle standing in front of other fans during the NBA Playoffs. What was apparently supposed to be a tongue-and-cheek, playful Monday filler, turned into more when Beadle reacted.
… case in point.
However, she even had her boyfriend tweeting the columnist, which ended up leading to another article about how she’s vengeful as well.
My perspective: we (female sports journalists) should stop helping our trolls. Britt McHenry learned her lesson when she reacted to a tow company worker, as I wrote about in my last blog.
The Trendy Trainer recently posted about ignoring trolls and gave some good advice:
“Nobody interesting is truly liked.”
We as females need to stop replying to trolls and focus on our careers, on our interests and not try to defend ourselves when someone attacks us. You don’t often see male journalists engaging in that on Twitter (although they don’t have near as many trolls). Athletes tend to ignore it altogether. Beadle is lucky-she’s known for this. But when we get out of hand and take it too far, whether in person or online, it gives us all a bad reputation. And seriously- do we need to make it harder on ourselves?