As if a new video which has surfaced of Riley Cooper uttering a racial slur wasn't bad enough for the fourth-year receiver and his teammates, the situation just got a whole lot more awkward thanks to a tweet by quarterback Michael Vick's brother, Marcus.

Marcus Vick, who has not been known to hold his tongue on Twitter, wrote on Wednesday afternoon that he was putting a bounty on Cooper and that he would give $1,000 to the first defender to "light up" Cooper.

Vick deleted the initial tweet and later tweeted that his account had been hacked.

On Wednesday Cooper was asked whether he expected to be a "marked man" in the NFL because of his remarks:

"I haven't thought that far yet, to be honest with you," Cooper said. "I just know how sorry I am now."

If Vick, who had a brief stint in the NFL in 2006, was still in the league, he almost surely would have been fined. What with the NFL's recent trouble with bounties, Vick's tweet is the last thing the league wanted to see in the wake of this controversy.

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Over the years, J.R. Smith's capacity as a role model has been questioned. In 2006, he tackled Nate Robinson into the stands. In 2009, he served 24 days in prison for a car accident he caused. Later that year, he closed his first Twitter account (@jr_smith1) after being accused of writing in a gang-like manner. In 2012, the NBA fined Smith $25,000 for posting a suggestive picture of model Tahiry Jose on Twitter. In 2012, Smith was arrested in Miami Beach, Fla. after missing a 2011 court date for operating a motor-scooter with no valid license. In the 2013 playoffs, Smith received a one-game suspension after elbowing the Celtics' Jason Terry in the face. During the Knicks' second-round series versus the Paces, a picture surfaced of Smith partying with Rihanna.

On Friday, the tables turned. J.R. Smith decided to play mentor.

Angered at the social media use of his "lil cousins," Smith (@TheREALJRSmith) took his feelings to his Twitter followers.

Sparks fly:

And you thought Smith was a reckless party animal? The 27-year-old, who made his NBA debut shortly after his 19th birthday, knows the delicacy of a teenager. He also knows the danger of drugs and alcohol. In November 2012, Smith attributed his hot start to the season to less partying. "I was going out pretty much every other night, just not focused on the task at hand. This year is definitely different," he said.

J.R. Smith won't let it go:

This is reminiscent of Allen Iverson's 2002 practice rant. Iverson repeated the word practice to emphasize his point. Smith wants his followers to read over his latest tweet about his cousins. He is clearly upset.

Details arise:

Whoa. It is unclear how many cousins are involved, but at least one cousin is a female. Smith thinks this kind of talk about smoking and drinking is not classy coming from a girl. He uses vulgarity to express his seriousness.

J.R. only cares about his life:

Maybe Smith is only a role model to his family, not all of his followers and fans. Smith argues other people can write what the please on Twitter. He only wants to influence his cousins' tweets. He capitalizes and quotes, "MY LIL COUSINS."

At this point, it appears 'cousins' is meant to be singular and there is only one cousin involved.

J.R.'s had enough:

Smith does not care if you follow him or want a retweet. He is focused on himself and does not care all that much about you. He curses again, this time at his followers, but he is nice enough to use asterisks.

George Carlin is rolling around in his grave. Smith should have used the asterisks for the previous curse, one of the "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television."

J.R. is king:

Smith is making millions as the second scoring option on New York City's most historic basketball team. He is the breadwinner of his family. What he says goes. When Smith wants his cousin to stop talking about drinking and smoking on Twitter, the must abide by The Dude.

Smith takes a few minutes to regroup. He responds to some of the more light-hearted questions his followers ask him.

However, a tweet from Diane (@nyjetsgirl25) catches his eye.

The retweet:

No answer. Smith straight up retweets it.

All in a day's work for JR Smith, New York's newest health teacher.

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Good thing Twitter promises aren't legally binding. Because if they were, Aaron Rodgers might have lost himself $8.5 million this week.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback is friends with Ryan Braun, a fellow native Californian who has risen to sports stardom in Wisconsin. Rodgers has also adamantly defended Braun from allegations of PED use.

So when one of his followers called him out last year for putting so much faith in Braun, Rodgers responded with some serious confidence.

Rodgers must feel a little silly now, as Braun accepted a suspension on Monday for the rest of the season by Major League Baseball for violation of baseball's joint drug prevention and treatment program.

In Rodgers' defense, when he sent out that tweet Braun had recently won an appeal stemming from previous allegations. Things have certainly changed since then.

Rodgers' salary last year was $8.5 million, and he earned a $35 million signing bonus for inking a long term extension.

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During the past year and a half the story of the encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin has served as a lightning rod in the sports world.

Athletes have not shied away from making their voices heard, with many taking to social media to express their feelings.

After a jury on Saturday found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder of Martin, many sports figures shared their thoughts on Twitter. Here's a sampling:

Roddy White:

Brendon Ayanbadejo:

Shaquille O'Neal:

James Harrison:

Stephen Curry:

Jared Dudley:

Steve Johnson:

Jared Sullinger:

Dwyane Wade:

Marshawn Lynch:

Scott Fujita

Torrey Smith:

Josh Scobee:

TJ Lang

Chad Johnson

Bryan Petersen

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When Dwight Howard decided to sign with the Rockets, despite what Kobe Bryant thought were his best efforts to persuade him to stay (though, according to reports, it was partially Bryant's presentation that left Howard wanting to jump ship), Bryant did what any spurned former teammate would do: He unfollowed him on Twitter.

It quickly became the unfollow heard around the world, but on Monday night, the Lakers' star spoke out (on Twitter of course):

He also weighed in on the Lakers' decision to waive Metta World Peace.

And then shared some of his overall philosophical thoughts.

While many may mock his openness on social media, Bryant is one of the few superstars who, since joining Twitter earlier this year, has seemingly used the service to express everything that others have left to off-the-record and behind-closed-doors conversations. And now we can all move on to what Metta World Peace has to say on his own account.

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Social media maven Lolo Jones may have just gotten beaten at her own game.

The Olympic hurdler and bobsledder has made headlines with some controversial tweets recently, but in general she is one of the most social media-friendly athletes.

Recently, Jones accepted a challenge from one of her 360,000 followers -- should this student, a 21-year-old named Bubby Lyles tally 150,000 retweets for one of his tweets, Jones would go on a date with him.

Jones sent out the tweet on June 20th, and this week he got his 150,000th retweet.

Jones was asked about the date following a recent meet, and even though she was surprised to hear that Lyles had gotten 150,000 retweets, she stayed true to her word.

"I'll go on a date with him," Jones says at the 3:40 mark of this video:

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Jones told Flotrack that she made a pair of mistakes in not asking Lyles' age (he is reportedly 21, so he is legal) and not setting a date for the challenge to end.

Now Jones will have to deal with logistical challenges, including where the date will be and who will pay. Lyles is in Atlanta, and with her busy schedule Jones may not have time to meet him there. So she graciously offered to fly him out.

Jones also mentioned that the bill will be somewhat of a question. Does she, a high profile athlete who presumably has more money than a 21-year-old, offer to pay? Or, as is custom, will Lyles pay?

"I like to eat now," Jones joked. "I'm gonna get like four entrees."

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How did Rams' rookie receiver Tavon Austin's life change on Twitter after he was drafted? According to reports, here's what he told a group of high school students at an elite Nike football camp:

Larry Brown Sports actually pointed out a few weeks ago that Austin had acquired some new questionable friends on Twitter, including following accounts who appeared to be porn bots.

Since the Manti Te'o "Catfish" case where it was revealed his "longtime girlfriend" was actually fake, players have spoken out about the numerous women who have befriended them on Twitter with seemingly less-than-honorable ambitions and questionable actual existence.

Austin, it should be noted, is still on Twitter. But it could be run by his marketing team, or just be a huge weird Twitter mistake.

No word if Austin, the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft from West Virginia, is still following any strippers.

(h/t Larry Brown Sports)

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Perhaps one of the most important and undercovered trades in sports was finalized Monday morning: The Stanford Athletic Department announced it was handing over its @SUAthletics Twitter handle to Syracuse University.

"To complete the trade," the Cardinals' athletic department announced in a press release, "Syracuse will send a collection of local goods to be named later but also including one case of oranges, which Stanford intends to use in refilling its 2011 Orange Bowl trophy."

Stanford will now use the Twitter handle @GoStanford, and fans who followed the school on Twitter before have automatically been switched over to the new handle.

"Obviously we're thrilled to activate @GoStanford as our official Twitter handle and pull off this dynamic trade," said Bernard Muir, director of athletics at Stanford in a statement. "From a branding standpoint, this trade makes sense for both schools. We held both accounts -- the social media equivalent to having two starting quarterbacks, and we wanted to derive as much value fun as possible. We expect great things from our new starter, @GoStanford, and wish @SUAthletics good luck in a new home."

(The entire Stanford press release is pretty funny -- you can click here to read it.)

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