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Mike Matheny addresses Carlos Martinez’s proclivity for favoriting pornography on Twitter

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In a series of truly unfortunate and hilarious events, the St. Louis Cardinals were obligated to address how one of the team’s players Twitter accounts was populated with porn.

On Tuesday, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny awkwardly discussed how the favorties page on pitcher Carlos Martinez’s Twitter account was chock-full of pornographic images.

Deadspin posted Martinez’s so-called “Big Ol’ Wall of Porn” on Monday evening (video contained therein obviously NSFW), but Cardinals officials indicated that the team was aware of the smutty contents of Martinez’s Twitter favorites page beforehand but were unable to discuss it with the pitcher on Monday before he left the team’s facility. Once the team got in contact with Martinez, the porn-related tweets were deleted from Martinez’s Twitter favorites page. Given the staggering amount of porn located on it, that must have taken a while.

So there was Matheny on Tuesday, awkwardly and likely reluctantly discussing Twitter porn and how it’s, you know, not good and stuff for an MLB team to be forced into dealing with and discussing it because of a player’s proclivity for porn.

Via By Gosh, It’s Langosch on the MLBlogs Network:

Matheny also met individually with the young pitcher Tuesday morning to discuss the issue. In speaking to a reporter from MLB.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before workouts, Matheny described the situation as an embarrassment to both Martinez and the organization.

“It’s part of being a professional athlete,” Matheny said. “We’re not looking for any sympathy from anybody, but anything that you do right now is one fraction of a second away from being all over the world. There has never been a time in history like this. It heightens our message. It heightens our urgency to make sure that we’re diligent and we’re disciplined to educate and to make aware that when something like this happens, it’s going to be an embarrassment to you and when something like this happens, it’s going to be an embarrassment to us. He’s embarrassed, and we’re embarrassed.

“The details of it, I’m not going to necessarily get into. But I am going to say that he acknowledges however it did happen, it was never his intention for it to happen that way, as far as it able to be broadcasted. He’s confused on how that exactly happened. Nonetheless, it did. And he’s willing to stand up and figure out how he’s got to move forward.”

It sounds like Martinez may need a Twitter 101 lesson, in particular how pretty much anyone can view a person’s favorited tweets simply by clicking on the “Favorites” tab on a person’s Twitter page.

Matheny said that the dangers of social media have been addressed by the Cardinals and that the team will continue to make players aware of the potential perils.

“[We need to] just make sure that they realize that the stuff that doesn’t get to the entire world, there’s very little chance that it’s not going to come past my desk,” Matheny said. “Not that that should be something I’m trying intimidate them on, but [they need to] realize we’re paying close attention. We don’t want distractions. We’re going to do everything we can to help you guys, but you have to help yourself. You guys have to be on point all the time. If you let your guard down for a second, it’s going to be a distraction to you as you’re out here trying to compete, and it’s going to be a distraction for us as we try to do what we’re trying to do.”

Distractions are bad, m’kay? And now that everything that could have been done has been done, there’s no way fans in opposing ballparks are going to have some fun at Martinez’s porn-crazy Twitter favorites page during the season, right?

[H/T Hardball Talk]

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