Journalists Who Have Blocked You on Twitter (And Why)

Van Everyman

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So, I don't tweet much and when I tweet at all, I am usually very polite. But I just saw a tweet from @Chad Finn quoting John Tomase and noticed that Tomase has blocked me. Why? I have no idea -- I've never tweeted about Tomase or at him. I'm not that upset as I rarely read Tomase anyway. But it seemed ... odd.

I was blocked a few years ago by Nick Cafardo for replying to a Buster Olney tweet about how terrible Josh Hamilton was by saying "Don't tell Nick Cafardo -- he still thinks the Red Sox should have signed him to that contract." While he doubled down in his reply with something along the lines of "You bet I did!" he subsequently blocked me, which I found incredibly thin-skinned.

But even still, I get it. Good or bad, most sportswriters have to put up with a tremendous amount of abuse on Twitter that is totally out of bounds.

Anyway, it got me thinking: who has blocked you? Why did they do it? And, have there ever been writers who have blocked you for reasons you don't understand?
 

scottyno

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You probably commented on something that he had liked or retweeted. Rich Cimini the terrible jets reporter blocked me and I definitely never tweeted at him, but probably commented on something a patriots reporter had tweeted about the jets.
 

dirtynine

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There are services like Blocktogether that let you block a list of users that others have generated/curated. That’s often how users end up blocked by someone they’ve never interacted with. Blocking can be completely impersonal.

I have no doubt Cafardo did it personally, though.
 

johnmd20

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Brandel Chamblee, because he's a thin skinned douche who constantly rips professional golfers but can't handle any criticism when it's directed at him. Chamblee blocks almost everyone, though.
 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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I've been blocked by Cafardo (which is probably the correct thing for him to do) but for some reason I was blocked by comedian Jen Kirkman. I have no idea about the latter because I'm a fan of her stuff.
 

Merkle's Boner

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I’m actually surprised writers don’t block more people. It’s just not worth it, in my opinion, to directly deal with miserable wretches who believe it is their God-given right to bash you for how you do your job.
 

John Marzano Olympic Hero

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I’m actually surprised writers don’t block more people. It’s just not worth it, in my opinion, to directly deal with miserable wretches who believe it is their God-given right to bash you for how you do your job.
Agreed. I'd block so many people, they'd call me Lego.
 

NickEsasky

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I’m actually surprised writers don’t block more people. It’s just not worth it, in my opinion, to directly deal with miserable wretches who believe it is their God-given right to bash you for how you do your job.
I am not sure if you are calling out the irony here or being sincere? Maybe both?
 

nattysez

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Bill Simmons blocked me years ago when I ripped him a few times for a particularly irritating Red Sox article. I was uncharitable but have no regrets -- his writing on the Red Sox became abominable post-2004.