Posted February 11, 2014

Stewart Cink Cuts Back on Twitter Because of ‘Negativity’

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If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that @stewartcink, formerly one of golf’s social media staples, has gone oddly quiet in recent months.

The man behind the handle revealed why in a recent interview with Golf Magazine’s Jessica Marksbury:

“Over Twitter’s life, it seems like the negativity has gotten out of control. So for someone who reads all their replies, it just gets depressing,” said Cink. “People get a kick out of being negative. They don’t expect anybody to read it. Well, I read my replies. And it got to be pretty annoying.”

Whether it was a recent post that labelled Cink the “#worstmajorwinner ever” or the social media storm over his head tan line at the Sony Open, the six-time PGA Tour-winner is keeping the networked world at arm’s length from now on.

“Twitter is still fun,” he said. “If I have a fun thing or an observation I want to share with people, I’ll still do it, but I won’t go back and read any of my replies.”

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24 comments
kelprod1
kelprod1

I like Stewart Cink, but really have no interest in his Twitter ramblings. In golf, the only Tweets I care about are the drunk, angry ones from players, where they need to come out with an apology the next day. THOSE are enjoyable. Otherwise, no thanks.

Jack Dion
Jack Dion

I didn't think anyone famous even handled their own Social Media. Figured P.R. firms handled all that for them. Everyone try to be a little nicer for Stewart please...

Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor

Yes, you can have a post of a puppy and people will find their way to hate.

Nigel James
Nigel James

I used to follow players on twitter but got so fed up with the offensive comments some other followers made I closed my whole account.

EverhartAlex
EverhartAlex

@si_golf being the "worst major winner ever" is like being the poorest millionaire ever. How can someone hate on @stewartcink? He's the man!

Bettina C. Ryan
Bettina C. Ryan

smart. There are too many negative souls that come out of the woodwork because they have nothing to do but be jerks.

Curtis Reese
Curtis Reese

If he played better maybe there wouldn't be such negativity.

David L. McMillin
David L. McMillin

Don't tweet because of negative and stupid comments. Why do it?

Eric Figueroa
Eric Figueroa

This guy makes it sound like he's doing someone a favor because he's on twitter lol. Maybe he should stop marketing himself on social media all together. That would stop all of the negative comments.

Linda Fox Hannahs
Linda Fox Hannahs

He sure is! I am continually both stunned and saddened to read what I read. There is so much disrespect, anger, bullying, name calling, etc.

Debbie McLaughlin
Debbie McLaughlin

I don not tweet, will not tweet, I have all I can handle keeping up with my family and friends on facebook. I think Stewie is right though...

Kevin Doyle
Kevin Doyle

I agree. Like with any other discussion boards, it becomes loaded with know-it-all, negative people who hide behind anonymity to express senseless thoughts. It's way too easy for them.

PatrickMurtha
PatrickMurtha

I agree as well. Cink is a class act, and has always been one of my favorite golfers. I wouldn't read all the hateful comments, either. Who needs that in their life? 


Seems to me that I've been reading a ton of stories about Twitter negativity lately. Makes me glad I'm not on that platform. I suspect that Twitter is close to being "over."

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