St. Louis Man Busted Over World Series Tweets
His last job was as a social media manager
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 31, 2013 12:10 AM CDT
Fans arrive to Busch Stadium before Game 3 of baseball's World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in St. Louis.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – A few years back, Bobby Metzinger's "social media expertise" landed him a job in the field; now, it's landed him in court. Metzinger, a 30-year-old former social media manager for a marketing company, is reportedly a St. Louis Cardinals fan. As the World Series kicked off, Metzinger allegedly posted a series of disturbing tweets referencing the Boston Marathon bombing, Deadspin reports. Among them, as retweeted by @BestFansStLouis (Metzinger's account has been deleted):

  • "The #WorldSeries will be another finish line not crossed by #Boston."
  • "Putting my loft up for a ridiculous 'Boston-only' rate for the #WorldSeries. Pressure cooker sold separately."

A later tweet referenced a song about gun violence: "Listening to the Offspring's 'Bad Habit' and the lyrics just ring true of what will go down very soon," he posted. The tweets got him arrested, KMOV reports. Police say he threatened the vicinity of St. Louis' Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes. He has been charged with making a terrorist threat (a misdemeanor) and released on an $11,000 bond; he is under house arrest ahead of a hearing next month. A source tells Deadspin that Metzinger also recently lost his job; the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says his former bosses were the ones who reported his tweets to police. And Deadspin has this kicker: Metzinger was in 2010 profiled by KMOV, which featured his attempt to land a job using Twitter. He recommended that tweets be kept "professional and positive."

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Oct 31, 2013 1:30 PM CDT
Tweeting, social media, and the computer in general, has altered human behavior, in that what was once unacceptable behavior has become commonplace.Alone, at your keyboard, you can respond ignorantly with vile language,. I see the effect this has on our society.A lot of younger people who start working where I work, are very inappropriately outspoken,defiant, and seem very proud of what comes out of their mouth, because, in their peergroups, this apparently is seen as admirable. They seem like they are socially maladjusted.
Oct 31, 2013 11:00 AM CDT
"Free Speech" really gets abused. Ranting away with insensitive threats while foaming at the mouth like a mad dog - is not free speech; and it certainly was not what was intended by our constitution. It involves intelligently expressing views and observations which help keep US (that is, the people of the U.S.) from the tyranny of a monarchy or dictatorship; the very heart of democracy understands that. Baseball is a sport and entertainment; it's our "national pastime" - nothing about it ever justifies threatening any community in our country. I have no problem with the police arresting someone who openly threatens our safety and freedom, whether it be from within - or from outside our country.
Scooter Livingston
Oct 31, 2013 10:40 AM CDT