First, a little background. Kevin Ware is a college basketball player for the Louisville Cardinals; you might remember him last year from the gruesome injury he suffered in the NCAA tournament. In October, Ware was pulled over in Barren County, Kentucky, after driving his car at 95 mph through a construction zone. He then missed his first court date on the matter. Ware has since said he will plead guilty to what is essentially a speeding ticket.
Doug Hardin is a prosecutor in Barren County, and apparently a big Kentucky Wildcats fan (they are rivals of the Cardinals). As captured by the Cardinal Connect, Hardin clearly isn’t the swiftest. This Facebook post appeared on Hardin’s Social Media:
Wait…what? Really? This seems like a good idea? To make fun of a national celebrity that your office is prosecuting, even if you aren’t the actual prosecutor?
Hardin make a third post after the first two:
So, to summarize: Hardin knows that the posts have the potential to get him into trouble, yet he posts them anyway. What planet is this guy living on? Why does he think this is a good idea? The irony, of course, is that he KNOWS it isn’t a good idea (“Trying to think of a good Kevin Ware speeding ticket/failure to appear joke that won’t get retweeted…”). Yet he posts it anyway!
No disciplinary action has been taken on Hardin yet, though I wouldn’t be surprised if this were coming. I doubt this is a career-ender, but it clearly shows poor judgement. Oh, and Hardin’s Facebook post is publicly viewable, at least in part. If the entire profile is open to the public, then it appears that Hardin was smart enough to delete the posts.
Naturally, Hardin isn’t the first lawyer to wade (no pun intended) into the deep end. Earlier this year, attorney Sarah Herr, who worked for the Kansas Court of Appeals, live-tweeted the disiplinary hearing of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline. Kline was facing charges of improper behavior regarding his efforts to close Kansas abortion facilities, and Herr tweeted her dislike of Kline, from office computers, during work time:
Herr was fired and is facing disciplinary charges that could include disbarment.
Be careful what you put on Social Media, particularly given whatever job you have. Intended or not, your tweets may come off as a representation of your employer’s views, and that could get you into major trouble.