College Basketball Nation: Kashif Watson

Twitter suspension can't stop Watson

July, 2, 2010
Kashif Watson is off Twitter suspension and latching onto an NBA summer league summer league team.

The former Idaho guard who saw his Senior Night ruined and his college career ended after being suspended indefinitely for calling out coach Don Verlin on Twitter has resurfaced on the Golden State Warriors' summer league roster.

And if you're doubting Watson's ability to stick in the NBA after two years at Idaho and two years at different junior colleges, consider that the league does have its share of Twitter pioneers.

Shaquille O'Neal was one of Twitter's first celebrity users, and Charlie Villanueva was first to tweet during halftime. Mark Cuban and Brandon Jennings have both been fined for their tweets.

Watson, the brother of Warriors free agent guard C.J. Watson, has shown the ability to adapt so he likely won't have to worry about running afoul of the NBA's social media guidelines.

His Twitter account is now set to private.

Twitter led to suspension on Senior Night, player tweets

March, 5, 2010
Idaho guard Kashif Watson might have made a halfcourt shot that got him time on SportsCenter last night, but he learned today that he'll miss Senior Night after being suspended by coach Don Verlin for conduct detrimental to the program.

Watson, the team's second-leading scorer, tweeted that it was comments he made on Twitter that led to his benching for his last game at Cowan Spectrum on Saturday against Hawaii.

The Spokesman-Review reported that it approached Verlin last night about an offending tweet (which I won't link due to some profanity), that reads, "Don't gett how we pose to win wit this guy coachin us, just don't want it that bad I guess."

Yeah, that'll do it, with the tweet coming shortly after last week's loss to Louisiana Tech. A tweet the night before makes comments about former LA Tech star Karl Malone, and the week before, there was this.

It's not as if Verlin hasn't made comments out of frustration before. But for Watson, those apparently will cost him playing time on what should have been his special day.