Ravens OLT Michael Oher has been fined $5,000 for a violation of the league's social media policy as he sent out a message on Twitter during the team's Week 12 game vs. the Buccaneers.
Oher sprained his knee during the third quarter of the Tampa Bay game, but sent a tweet during the fourth quarter telling fans he would be able to play in the big AFC North showdown vs. the Steelers this coming Sunday. The tackle deleted the post soon after publishing it, but the league still docked him for the infraction.
The league's social media policy says that players cannot post a message on Twitter or any other site 90 minutes before, during or immediately following a game. Bengals WRs Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens have both been fined for violating the policy already this season.
The way we see it
Oher knew he was wrong for the in-game tweeting immediately, the reason he deleted the post. Fans love that players communicate with them directly on Twitter, but the league's rule to ban it for those specific times makes sense.