Oregon Football Player Dismissed For Facebook Use

February 22, 2010

9:56 am

This probably seems fairly obvious to most people, but what you say online can stick around for quite sometime and help to either further or hinder your career. Everyday, we are all building an online reputation that affects our offline lives. While there have been many stories about people using their online reputations to help build their offline careers, there are quite a few that haven’t had such positive outcomes.

This week there was another example as Oregon University football player, Jamere Holland, was just kicked off the Oregon football team for his use of Facebook. Oregon University coach Chip Kelly did not agree with Holland’s expletive-filled post on the players Facebook page. Holland had referred to team decisions around other players who had recently been in trouble with the law as well as racist remarks regarding other players. This is the most recent case of online reputation coming to haunt someone in their everyday life.

Do you think that Oregon University did the right thing by dismissing Jamere Holland for sharing his perspective on Facebook?

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Frank Gruber is the cofounder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech.Co (formerly Tech Cocktail). He is the author of the book, Startup Mixology, Tech Cocktail’s Guide to Building, Growing, and Celebrating Startup Success. He is also a startup advisor and investor to startups. Find Frank Gruber online and follow him on Twitter at @FrankGruber.

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