Easy to see why Davis should tone down tweets

After a series of profanity-laced comments on Twitter following Sunday's 25-19 road upset of the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions, Niners right tackle Anthony Davis quickly deleted his posts. But not before NinersDigest could get to a few of them, which we've included here, and they make it easy to see why the second-year offensive lineman definitely needs to tone down his tweets.


Some of Davis' post-game tweets were still circulating the Internet late into the evening after San Francisco ran its record to 5-1 against the Lions.

Among Davis tweets at @AnthonyDavis76 following the game:

"Lions got TeaBaggggggged in their house lmao.. lol and I saved shwartz life at the end.."

"They talked s--t to us all week. We said nothing.. Came and kicked that ass.. its f---in football f--k classy.. Save classy for Mortons lol"

Then there was this exchange between Davis and Lions defensive end Cliff Avril, whom Davis was matched up against often during last week's game:

@cliffavril: "lol that's real professional homie… Well meet again and see what's up"

Davis proceeded to post (they were later deleted) the following tweets:

@AnthonyDavis76: "lol that's real professional homie… Well meet again and see what's up… Lmao F--k youuu… You did NOTHING"

And then, "I pancaked you on a passing play……sooo uh just be quiet go home play with your kids and go to bed.."

Davis later took down the tweets after being encouraged to do so by the team, but he said this week he will continue tweeting – just in a more thoughtful way.

Quiet in the locker room, he is one of San Francisco's most animated players when it comes to tweeting.

On Monday, it was a simple ''Back to work.'' And a shout out to his offensive line.

''I was excited. I was having fun,'' Davis said of his Sunday tweetcapades.

One such post that stayed live on his account: ''Dont take twitter serious you end up coming off as a Dips--t w your correct grammar and all.. lol its entertainment loosen up tight asses"

Some of Davis' stronger weekend entries were directed at Lions fans or in response to those supporters' tweets, and he insists he meant no harm. He said in no way did he intend to agitate some already frustrated Lions fans.

''I deleted them because people, it meant too much to them, I felt. I didn't want to stress them out,'' Davis said, noting some fans were ''out of control, just Lions fans. I understand. They were angry.''

Speaking of angry, it was Davis who found himself right in the middle of the fray trying to play mediator when Lions coach Jim Schwartz chased down Jim Harbaugh after the 49ers coach's rapid handshake and slap on Schwartz's back when they met at midfield.

Davis isn't sure what might have happened had his big body – 6-foot-4 and 322 pounds – not been in there trying to help keep the peace.

''Who knows,'' said Davis, an 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Rutgers who started every game as a rookie. ''He wasn't being aggressive, he was just celebrating the win and Schwartz took the handshake the wrong way. He shook his hand too hard.''

He tweeted about that, too, but that was one of the posts that got erased.

Davis sure appreciates Harbaugh's highly competitive nature, and so do his teammates.

''Usually a team takes on the character of their coach,'' Davis said.

Harbaugh on Monday committed to working on improving his handshake, while Davis is focused on Twitter etiquette. He just turned 22 last week and knows he still has plenty to learn in this game.

In terms of his language possibly being offensive, Davis downplayed that idea.

''I'm sure they hear worse in school,'' he said with a smile.


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