Top 10: Dumbest athlete tweets [SLIDESHOW]

Athletes are generally not known for their mental prowess or self-control, and social media services — particularly Twitter — tend to let their impulsiveness shine.

Because these online outbursts are often as spontaneous as they are entertaining, The Daily Caller has assembled a collection of some of the most incendiary tweets by professional sports stars.

An honorable mention goes to Jose Canseco’s Twitter account, which is a veritable fountain of insanity in its purest form. There are far too many gems in that mess to pick just one to be represented in this list.

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  • Ohio State third-string quarterback Cardale Jones only furthered the reputation of the dumb jock with this inane tweet in October 2012.
  • FOX sports writer Jason Whitlock, while not technically an athlete, deserves an honorable mention with this attempted joke about Jeremy Lin's penis size. Whitlock tweeted this after Lin and the New Yorks Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in February 2012.
  • Rising tennis star Donald Young signed his career suicide note with this tweet in April 2011 blasting the United States Tennis Association for incompetence. Also, it would appear Young could benefit from some grammar lessons.
  • Oklahoma wide receiver Jaz Reynolds was suspended from the team after writing that everyone in rival school Texas should kill themselves ... right after a gunman open fired in a library on campus in September 2010. Reynolds didn't even follow with a sincere apology.
  • New York Knicks star Amar'e Stoudemire unwisely decided to send a direct message in June 2012 to a fan on Twitter who suggested he should work harder in the next season. Stoudemire almost immediately wrote an apology for his language and demeanor, but not before the fan posted the message for all to see.
  • Hope Solo aired her grievances with U.S. women's soccer legend Brandi Chastain when Solo was displeased with Chastain's commentating during the 2012 Olympic Games. Solo should know it looks spoiled to disrespect the trailblazers that came before you.
  • Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett is known for being questionably outspoken on his Twitter account, but he outdid even himself when he live-tweeted being pulled over for speeding in June 2011.
  • Publicly offering money to assault someone is never a smart move, but NBA star Carmelo Anthony never seemed to have learned that lesson. In August 2010, he offered $5,000 to anyone who would slap a professional groupie who had been bugging him.
  • Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall sparked controversy when he decided to take to Twitter in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death. Someone probably should have advised him that social media isn't the best place to discuss your conspiracy theories.
  • Buffalo Bills wide receiver Steve Johnson made the interesting decision to use Twitter to address his questions with the Almighty. After dropping an important pass in overtime, Johnson had some choice words for a higher power.

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