Falcons rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley discusses his social media blackout and facing the Chicago Bears. Video by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Photo: JOHN SPINK / AJC
Photo: JOHN SPINK / AJC

Takk McKinley bans himself from social media 

To focus on football, McKinley imposed a “social media blackout” for himself.

On the hot seat: Rookie Takk McKinley

“It had to go,” McKinley said of his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Wednesday. “Sometimes social media and video games can become a distraction.”

McKinley said he wasn’t upset by the sometimes obnoxious posters on social media.

“It just became a distraction for me,” McKinley said. 

McKinley was well-liked on Twitter, as some fans have noted his closed @Takk Twitter account.


Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (98) during play on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the opening of the brand new Mercedes Benz Stadium and pre-season NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Arizona Cardinals.
Photo: JOHN SPINK / AJC

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