Robinson shuts off Twitter account
Michigan quarterback discontinues brand-new account after Thursday morning hacking
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Denard Robinson joined Twitter less than a month ago. On Thursday, he learned all about the potential ills of social media.
One of the most recognizable names and faces in college football, who tweeted under the name @DenardX, picked up an unexpected lesson Thursday morning when uncomfortable tweets about his personal life began showing up under his name.
One of the first posts made it clear, stating, "Hi. Yes, I hacked you lol." By 1 p.m. ET Robinson's Twitter account had disappeared from the social network entirely after allegedly being hacked, then deleted, recovered and suspended.
Michigan football spokesperson Justin Dickens confirmed Robinson's account was hacked and that he has since erased the account.
The Michigan junior quarterback hadn't tweeted all that often since launching the account and even admitted he wasn't sure what he was doing with the social networking tool at all.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke is not a fan of Twitter. All he said he cared about was whether or not his quarterback -- or any player -- represented himself and the Wolverines well with it.
"I"m not big on either one of the technologies," Hoke said on Sept. 13. "I think there's probably a time and a place for it, but personally I'm not a believer in it."
Robinson already had made what he deemed one Twitter mistake before Thursday. He tweeted about his 21st birthday party on Sept. 22 at Colonial Lanes in Ann Arbor. When asked about it after Michigan played San Diego State on Sept. 24, he banged his head on the table before answering the question and wondering how long he'd stay on Twitter.
Asked about it again last Monday, he said, "I was disappointed in myself" for making a poor choice with his social media account.
Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan sports for WolverineNation. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @mikerothstein.
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