Baseball player benched, then suspended, for using Instagram during a game

It’s something we’ve all probably done: You go to the bathroom and grab your phone, putzing around on Instagram or Facebook.  Well, there are times when social media use is inappropriate.  One of those times is in the middle of a baseball game…that you are playing in.

Unfortunately, Pablo Sandoval, third baseman for the Boston Red Sox, didn’t realize that.  Last Wednesday, during the 7th inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves, Sandoval went to the bathroom, went on Instagram, and liked at least one photo.  He was quickly caught by other users:

This action violates Major League Baseball’s social media policy, which expressly prohibits social media use during a game.  As a result, Sandoval was suspended for one game, a punishment which he accepted. To his credit (not that he really had a choice), Sandoval copped to his in-game Instagram use, took responsibility and apologized:

“I know I [messed] up and made a mistake yesterday. I learned from that. I’m a human being. I made a mistake. I apologized to my teammates, the team, the organization, the fans who support us … I didn’t send a message, I hit the like [button]. I was in the bathroom in the seventh inning. It was the wrong time. I learned from that.”

Not a big deal; mistakes happened, and it was handled well by Sandoval.  And hey, it could have been a lot worse: He could have tweeted during a death penalty trial.  The lesson here, of course, is obvious: There is a time and a place for everything.  Even social media use.

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