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Bucs' Chris Conte on Twitter criticism: 'Just a bunch of idiots'

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Bucs safety Chris Conte, wonderfully blunt in how he deals with criticism, especially the online variety, said he doesn't let hate on Twitter bother him because he doesn't think his critics there know what they're talking about.

"You just can't listen to idiots," said Conte, who has had two huge interceptions in the Bucs' last two wins. "There's a lot of idiots out there. You just can't listen to them. It seems that's all that Twitter is. It's just a bunch of idiots. You can listen to it, or you can not. You just have to take it for what it is: It's people who don't know what they're talking about saying things when they don't know what they're saying."

Conte had his first career pick-six to spark the Bucs in a 36-10 win against the Bears, his old team, and a week later, as the Bucs were clinging to a 12-10 lead in the fourth quarter, he intercepted Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith in the end zone and returned the pick to the 48-yard line, setting up the winning touchdown. Conte said he still likes Twitter as a source of news, and he's better about not letting criticism bother him as much as it once did.

"You can use it as motivation or ignore it or whatever you want to do with it," he said. "At times, I've let it affect me in the past. I've made a choice to have it affect me in a positive way. Either do that or ignore it."

Asked if he's had positive interaction with Bucs fans in the last two weeks with his two game-changing interceptions, Conte said he has.

"Oh, yeah, Definitely. There are great people," he said. "They're just not on Twitter. There's a lot of great fans. It seems the overwhelming ... what you get on Twitter is negativity. I stay off it as much as I can. I follow people for news and ESPN, and it's become such a news source, it's something you have to have. It's not something you need to engage in all the time."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 2:41pm]

    

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