Whether we like it or not, whether we agree with its fairness or not, some of us work for companies that care how they are represented outside their walls.
And so part of our responsibilities as employees is conducting ourselves on social media in a way that doesn’t negatively affect our place of employment by causing it embarrassment or legal trouble.
That means watching what you say about anything on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Don’t swear. Don’t make crude jokes. Don’t cast aspersions. Don’t post suggestive photos. And don’t talk politics.
Sometimes those restrictions can last long after you’ve left the company.
Aubrey Huff hasn’t played for the San Francisco Giants since 2012. And yet, the club has decided not to invite him to the 10-year anniversary of its 2010 World Championship because of the way Huff has conducted himself on Twitter.
This is no minor omission. Huff started at first base for that team and hit 26 home runs with 86 RBIs with a .290 average and .891 OPS in 157 games. In fact, he was seventh in National League MVP voting that season. We are talking about a major cog.
But Huff’s behavior has been so controversial, his comments so outside the norm, the Giants decided he could not be a part of the celebration.
“Earlier this month, we reached out to Aubrey Huff to let him know that he will not be included in the upcoming 2010 World Series Championship reunion. Aubrey has made multiple comments on social media that are unacceptable and run counter to the values of our organization. While we appreciate the many contributions that Aubrey made to the 2010 championship season, we stand by our decision,” the Giants said in a statement emailed to The Athletic.
On Monday, Huff told The Athletic he was upset with the team’s decision.
“Quite frankly, shocked. Disappointed. If it wasn’t for me, they wouldn’t be having a reunion,” Huff said. “But if they want to stick with their politically correct, progressive bullshit, that’s fine.”
According to The Athletic, Huff’s behavior on social media was already a hot topic when he was asked to attend Bruce Bochy’s final game as Giants manager at Oracle Park.
And then in a November tweet, Huff is seen holding a gun range target sheet filled with bullet holes.
“Getting my boys trained up on how to use a gun in the unlikely event @BernieSanders beats @realDonaldTrump in 2020. In which case knowing how to effectively use a gun under socialism will be a must. By the way most the head shots were theirs. @NRA @WatchChad #2ndAmendment.”
In January, Huff followed it up with an arrogant and utterly disgusting tweet about Iranian women which has since been taken down.
“Let’s get a flight over and kidnap about 10 each. We can bring them back here as they fan us and feed us grapes, amongst other things …” Huff tweeted.
According to The Athletic, the tweet was accompanied by a lewd stick figure drawing portraying himself and three women. One woman was fanning Huff, while he was lying on a chaise lounge naked. The others fed him grapes and massaged a foot.
A bubble quote above one of the women proclaimed, “Oh, thank you Mr. Huff from (sic) saving us from the hell in Iran! We will be forever grateful!”
The Athletic asked Huff if he felt his behavior merited exclusion from the event.
“So what? It’s what you said — my opinion. It’s my Twitter account. I’m not going to go and change what I believe in just so I can go get a five-second hat tip. I’m not going to change my opinion so I can go and feel validated,” Huff said.
Huff apparently also uses Twitter to attack his critics. He’s been know to shame women for their appearance. And he has coined the phrase “soy boys” to ridicule men who find his views offensive.
We applaud the Giants for making the decision to bar Huff from their celebration. Huff also played for the Tampa Bay Rays, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers and Major League Baseball should follow suit by banning him from any event hosted by any of its member clubs.