NATE ROBINSON TWITS APOLOGY FOR FAILING TO PAY TICKET LEADING TO SUSPENDED LICENSE
ARE TWEEPS CHANGING RULES OF MEDIA COVERAGE AND POLICE STOPS?
Twitter is deep. It creates a quick personalized connection between the public and media personalities with the ability to take out and neutralize the middle-person, the mass media. Now, with direct access between original sources and target audiences, the public can receive and individuals can transmit messages faster than the mass media can keep up. The mass media’s monopoly on the distribution of information is over.
Therefore, faster than Knicks beat writer Alan Hahn can sit at his computer after he gives his requisite judgmental head shake (see his twitter comment and blog verdict), Nate Robinson can issue the requisite media personality apology for a personal error or problem gone public (or is it “gone posted”).
Apparently Nate was driving with a suspended license (5th suspension) and did not know it because the ticket was mailed to his Seattle address and not his New York home. As mentioned, only an hour after Nate’s tweet, in our comment section following the previous post, Nate was pulled over for what he believed at the time was tinted windows which happened to be rolled down. While pulled over, Nate complained about being held up too long and being inconvenienced by the stop. Nate double tweeted:
nate_robinson Cops pulled me over cuz my windows were 2 dark(but my windows were down) lol how funny is that.. SMH about . . . from UberTwitter
nate_robinson Iam still pulled over and its been 35min they have me sit n in my truck like I dnt have s#*+ 2 do lolabout . . . from UberTwitter
Unfortunately for Nate, he had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear or pay the ticket which was mailed to his Seattle address and not his New York home. Nate was arrested and the Post picked it up immediately in its on-line edition. The reports immediately took on a “here we go again tone” and highlighted his repeated failure to address traffic ticket problems. Of course, embarrassed by the unexpected valid arrest, in the midst of finalizing contract negotiations, Nate responded quickly via twitter, not waiting for the next edition of the Post to come out. His next six tweets, at about midnight, stated:
nate_robinsonI thought it was for tinted windows but turns out I had an unpaid ticket and I wasn’t aware the ticket had been mailed to my Seattle addressabout 2 hours ago from web
nate_robinsonThis resulted to a suspended license.about 2 hours ago from web
nate_robinsonI apologize to the Knicks, my family and fans.about 2 hours ago from web
nate_robinsonI also want to thank the NYPD especially the arresting officer. He was fair and helped process me quickly.about 2 hours ago from web
nate_robinsonI promise to get this all cleared up.about 2 hours ago from web
An hour later, a reflective Nate, tweeted, “Well lesson learned pay all tix tweetpeople aight Shot out to my boy twill ves and dhud, stood by my side the whole time!! “ Robinson followed that tweet with thanks to two friends who showed support throughout the entire ordeal: “To my tweetpeople that’s love, I thank yall 4 yalls support yall my tweeps 4 dat!! Tweeps up haters down”
With Nate’s media persona already established and solidified, by the New York beats, this incident, as any public error would, fell right into their profile of Robinson as an immature and irresponsible little man with over-sized talent. Immediately the press magnified the severity of the issue and began speculating on how it would impact his contract status and opining about how forgetting to pay a ticket reflected on him. (This was before DMV records revealed he was a repeat offender). Nate felt and responded to the press attacks immediately, again via Twitter. He wrote:
nate_robinsonthe media is try n 2kill my name and my image, but its cool only GOD can judge me now, they are make n it seem iam a head case not cool
nate_robinsonat the end of the day iam going prey [sic] to the LORD and ask him to show me the way 2 a beautiful heart and a powerful mind