Hacked and sacked: A rough day on Twitter for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson
Melanie Maxwell I AnnArbor.com
It's not always fun being the best-known student at the University of Michigan.
Denard Robinson, the Michigan quarterback who has rushed for 603 yards and six touchdowns in the Wolverines' 5-0 start, joined Twitter on Sept. 12. He was a hot topic on the social media platform Thursday when his account — @DenardX — apparently was hacked by somebody claiming to be an angry ex-girlfriend.
The first rogue post showed up at 11:43 a.m., quickly followed by eight more. Within 15 minutes the account disappeared, then reappeared with the day's posts removed and another person claiming to have "recovered" the account. By 12:53 p.m., the account was suspended.
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke was asked recently about Robinson's Twitter account, and noted that he is "not a big believer" in social media sites. "I only care if it's not representing this team in a correct manner," he said.
Robinson had nearly 10,000 followers after his first day on Twitter and has had as many as 27,600 in recent days. Amazing, considering he provided just 14 updates since he joined.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon talked about Michigan athletes using Facebook and Twitter in August.
“We spend a lot of time training our student-athletes on both the uses and abuses of social media, because in many cases these young people get caught up, as so many of their peer-group members do, in the use of this and trying to be cool and trying to be a little bit outrageous, because that’s how you get noticed.
“Before you know it, your tweet, or your post, or your blog is circulating on the crawl of ESPN.”
Robinson's hacked account naturally drew a speedy reaction on Twitter, with one person noting, "Thinks what's going on today @DenardX clearly constitutes roughing the passer."