Jon Lester offers thoughts on young players and social media

The former Red Sox pitcher has straightforward advice.

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Jon Lester in July, 2018. –AP Photo/Alex Gallardo

When former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester weighed in on the relationship of social media and professional athletes, he naturally did so on Twitter.

Preaching due diligence in the curation of a social media account that thousands of fans and media members can locate, Lester urged “young guys” to “spend the 5 minutes it takes to scrub your account of anything you wouldn’t want plastered next to your face on the front page of a newspaper.”

The tweet comes after National League players Trea Turner and Sean Newcomb were both discovered to have made offensive remarks on social media before becoming professional baseball players. Other examples included Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen and former Villanova basketball player Donte DiVincenzo.


Lester followed up with another tweet shortly afterward:

And when a few responses criticized the ex-Red Sox ace from not condemning the offensive tweets more, Lester added, “You’re right, should’ve worded that differently.”

Lester pitched for the Red Sox from 2006 to 2014, helping the team to two World Series wins.