- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has to feel some satisfaction when he hears about the controversy stemming from the Internet video that features Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dunking Prince Amukamara into a tub of ice. You know, the one that was tweeted out to the public by the Giants punter.
Perhaps that's why Lewis is continuing his ban on Twitter even though the Bengals are officially out of training camp mode.
"I think guys understand why. It would not help us," Lewis told reporters Monday. "I know social media is important. Part of our future probably. And it's an important part of their past on a collegiate campus. But I don’t think we were really handling it very well. Before we did something that didn't shine well on the football team, I think it was just best for us on the football team."
This comes across as a move that a college coach would make. I'm not in favor of muting grown men. If 31-year-old Travelle Wharton wants to tweet (he's @travellewharton), he should be able to do so.
But it's hard to argue with Lewis' results. This has been "Camp Quiet" in Cincinnati. It might be the fewest distractions ever at a camp for Lewis.
The biggest hurdle this preseason has been injuries, although there will be no updates on Twitter about them. It is believed Lewis' original ban was spurred by rookie first-round pick Dre Kirkpatrick confirming on social media that he injured his leg. Kirkpatrick hasn't tweeted anything since July 24.
Lewis has made a concession that players can tweet if they need to promote their foundations or charitable causes.
"But I don’t need to hear about where you are and what you're doing, or your comment on something that's not so smart that someone else says," Lewis said. "We don't need to be associated with that. Let's focus on football. It's been a good focus."