Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith quit Twitter last week, and he explained why with the honesty that probably made such a departure from the social media necessary.
"I'll kill you on Twitter, so I had to stop," Smith said. "Somebody would say something inappropriate to me, and I wasn't being a very good example for my kids.
"People are going to say what they want on Twitter. Internet courage is great. Internet courage is like a Cover-2 corner. You've got a safety over the top, you feel better about yourself. You got that one-on-one coverage, you back off a little bit. That's how I look at Twitter."
Especially surrounding the Ravens' Week 4 win over the Carolina Panthers, Smith's former team, the 35-year-old wide receiver was active on Twitter with photos of lions accompanied by inspirational quotes.
But a week after that game, and after a 20-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, he stepped away from the social network and told people to instead follow his foundation, the Steve Smith Foundation.
Smith only created an account so he could take action against impostors who he said were "[direct messaging] people inappropriate things," he said, and added that his agent and marketing team would make sure the account was "stagnant" and only used for marketing purposes.
Smith said fellow receiver Torrey Smith also quit Twitter, which Torrey Smith clarified as saying he deleted the app from his phone, and doesn't bring his phone into the Ravens' practice facility so as to avoid all distractions.
"I think technology can help you, and it can hurt you, and I think also, too, sometimes we focus more on what's going on on our social media and less on what's actually really going on," Steve Smith said. "I just think at the end of the day, what's on my Twitter feed and what's going on in the world, I don't think they should be on the same level."