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“I Paid for My Tattoos”

Facebook and Twitter pose challenges for college athletes. Ben Axelrod of the Student Free Press Association has the story.

As rumors swirled in late December that Ohio State football players were involved in NCAA violations, OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor took to the world of social media to claim his innocence.

“I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks,” Pryor posted to his Twitter account on Dec. 22.

The following day, Pryor and four teammates were suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling awards, gifts and university apparel and receiving improper benefits. Pryor deleted the tweet, but it is just one example of the way social media are changing the way that athletes and public figures are communicating with the public.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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