So Ching Was Fined For His Tweet

So Ching Was Fined For His Tweet

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 16, 2009
  • 16 Comments
  • Brian Ching, Twitter

Probably something some of us have forgotten about by now. Remember over the weekend when Houston Dynamo striker Brian Ching a tweet saying “Ref in seattle just cheated the dynamo. What a joke. Not even close. Ref is a cheat”?

Well that will now cost him $500 from the league front office.

He did later apologized for the comment once he cooled off from it all. Also, he wasn’t even at the game! No he was with the US national team in Boston! I guess this will be the new thing, players getting fined over their tweets.

Think it was too much of a fine for a Tweet?

  • KCB

    MLS = Big Brother?

  • Kevin

    Utterly ridiculous. This is a violation of his first amendment rights. Also, anyone could have written that. He could have his wife or kids (I have no idea if he has either, I'm just speculating) cover for him and say they logged on and wrote it. Unless the player says it outright on camera, or to the face of the official, they should not be fined. This is outrageous.

  • Kicker

    It's the same thing as a coach would have gotten. Kreis was fined AND suspended twice last season for that. I think it's dumb, but it's consistent at least. Unlike the MLS ref's, haha.

  • KCB

    MLS = Big Brother?

  • Kevin

    Utterly ridiculous. This is a violation of his first amendment rights. Also, anyone could have written that. He could have his wife or kids (I have no idea if he has either, I’m just speculating) cover for him and say they logged on and wrote it. Unless the player says it outright on camera, or to the face of the official, they should not be fined. This is outrageous.

  • Kicker

    It’s the same thing as a coach would have gotten. Kreis was fined AND suspended twice last season for that. I think it’s dumb, but it’s consistent at least. Unlike the MLS ref’s, haha.

  • Kirk

    He wasn't on the field, he wasn't on the bench. Ching was watching on TV with the rest of us fans. In my opinion he was commenting as a fan , not a player. <br />
    MLS was is out of line on this one.

  • soccer goals

    MLS needs to wise up. THey are not NFL.

  • athletic supporter

    no 1st amendment rights, they are employees of MLS, not their teams, <br />
    -MLS owns the contracts, so anything they do is held within the terms of them being employees of MLS first, their teams second.

  • Kirk

    He wasn’t on the field, he wasn’t on the bench. Ching was watching on TV with the rest of us fans. In my opinion he was commenting as a fan , not a player.
    MLS was is out of line on this one.

  • Kevin

    Yes, athletic, but he didn't actually SAY anything. He wrote something on Twitter, a social networking site that is probably very easy to hack. <br />
    And actually censoring what players and coaches say about the league in the first place is indeed a violation of the first amendment. It doesn't matter that they are employees of MLS. MLS shouldn't have that rule in the first place because it does, in fact, violate the rights given in the first amendment.

  • MLS needs to wise up. THey are not NFL.

  • athletic supporter

    they aren't censoring, just fining, say what ever he wants, as long as he has the money to back it up<br />
    <br />
    NBA, NFL, MLB, <br />
    ALL FINE THEIR PLAYERS/COACHES FOR THINGS SAID AGAINST THE REFEREES. except they are in the 5-25k, range.<br />
    <br />
    said = voice, post, blog, tweet, article, written<br />
    <br />
    if you put in the public sphere, you are held responsible to the contract you signed when joining whatever league.

  • athletic supporter

    no 1st amendment rights, they are employees of MLS, not their teams,
    -MLS owns the contracts, so anything they do is held within the terms of them being employees of MLS first, their teams second.

  • Kevin

    Yes, athletic, but he didn’t actually SAY anything. He wrote something on Twitter, a social networking site that is probably very easy to hack.
    And actually censoring what players and coaches say about the league in the first place is indeed a violation of the first amendment. It doesn’t matter that they are employees of MLS. MLS shouldn’t have that rule in the first place because it does, in fact, violate the rights given in the first amendment.

  • athletic supporter

    they aren’t censoring, just fining, say what ever he wants, as long as he has the money to back it up

    NBA, NFL, MLB,
    ALL FINE THEIR PLAYERS/COACHES FOR THINGS SAID AGAINST THE REFEREES. except they are in the 5-25k, range.

    said = voice, post, blog, tweet, article, written

    if you put in the public sphere, you are held responsible to the contract you signed when joining whatever league.