78. Athlete Twitter Rule #459: Don't Dog the Refs

Who: Brian Ching, Houston Dynamo
Offending Tweet: @brianching: "Ref in Seattle just cheated the dynamo. What a joke. Not even close. Ref is a cheat"
Date: 7/11/2009
Consequence: $500 fine

Brian Ching didn't take part in the match because he was with the US National Team preparing for the Gold Cup. So, he decided to tweet while watching live as a fan with the fans. He had a brain fart and forgot he was a player. Players can't insinuate that the fix is in. This tweet hit him hard in the wallet. MLS fined him $500. $500?! The MLS is a joke.