By Jia Thomas | @jia_thomas Do employers have the right to control employee social media pages and communications? This question has popped up numerous times over the past few years. We've all heard and read about various cases where employees have been told by their employers to get rid of their accounts on Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, etc. due to comments the employer did not find acceptable.
The internet has been abuzz about the newest case from the world of sports. During the Thanksgiving Day Cowboys vs Dolphins game, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Melissa Kellerman was tackled by Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. After the incident, Kellerman made two tweets about the situation:
CNBC's Darren Rovell reported that after her tweets the Cowboys forced Kellerman to delete her Twitter account. Around the web, Kellerman's tweets have been called harmless and good humored, and that's why many are wondering why she was forced to remove her account.
In the court of public opinion, Cowboys management looks like "The Grinch," which makes Kellerman "Cindy Lou Who." The question remains: what will the Cowboys do? At the end of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Grinch's heart grows. So will the Cowboys management have a change of heart, apologize to Kellerman, and allow her to have a Twitter account again, or will they continue their Grinch ways?
From the looks of these comments on Yahoo, the Cowboys need to go into damage control ASAP.
UPDATE: Kellerman is back on Twitter, but her Tweets are now protected.