New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke admits managing social media has become part of his job this season.
Petke says his players' relationship with social media has become a concern.
"The league has changed; the personalities, there's more teams, more players," Petke told bigapplesoccer.com. "Listen, I also throw in the Facebook, twitter, all that social media stuff. Players are under a microscope. They're getting critiqued at all angles. I think it makes players a little more touchy in certain situations. 'Why am I not starting?' Because it's going to be all over Facebook or it's going on MLSSoccer.com or what have you. Or that twitter is going to be blowing up.
"I think that's a big thing. I noticed it. I'm not talking about many of my players, to be honest with you. But I called it last year the LeBron syndrome where a guy like LeBron James, who has earned everything he's got -- he's the best basketball player in the world -- but he's a guy who came out of high school and was given that huge contract before they knew he could play in the league. I look at a lot of players now around the league, perhaps would rather that than to earn it. When things don't fall that way, it's a touchy situation. It's a different day and age completely."