Here’s the thing, if you’re always on the lookout for something offensive then you’re always going to find yourself being offended. Here’s the next thing, we all said and did some dumb stuff when were fourteen and fifteen years old, and that had little to no effect on the adults that we eventually became. Now, here’s the final thing, the media has gone from writing stories of accomplishments and successes to finding failures and faults on all levels for all people.
Gone are the days of celebrating someone’s accomplishments and accolades. Instead, stepping into the limelight of success now days means that someone who doesn’t like you, or is upset with your accomplishment, is going to dig deep into your past in an effort to drown your crowning moment in the shame of past indiscretions…even if they need to dig back to your childhood to do so.
That’s exactly the position Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray found himself in when Scott Gleeson and USA Today tried to steal his moment by digging up Tweets from when he was barely a teen.
Fortunately, for Kyler, the good in humanity came to the defense of Oklahoma’s Heisman winner against the garbage published by the national media to push their special interest agenda.
You had 2 routes:
Wait until a huge life event to release the info held for years
instantly dig overnight to find something just to hurt.
Either way you clearly have chosen a path of evil.
USAToday = TP#karma
— Cheers (@YoonYunJack) December 9, 2018
As of Sunday morning, USA Today is still trying to prove it's a credible paper instead of the tabloid magazine it is.
Leave him alone. Can't fault someone for tweets made by a 15 yr old kid years ago.#KylerMurray
— gustavo (@greeneyed_cuban) December 9, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Heisman Trophy winner Kyle Murray pooped in his diaper as an infant. America please. This young man is being honored for his talents on the football field. What he said six years ago as an immature adolescent has nothing to do with his outstanding efforts today
— TIDE ROLLER (@PFennen) December 9, 2018
You could report news or you could be the @USATODAY
— Rick (@Rothbardian1627) December 9, 2018
— DeadInside (@zombieswife) December 9, 2018
You really are a nasty, horrible little "news" organization. So, this information "resurfaced?" Exhumed bodies don't "resurface;" someone deliberately digs them up. What was the motive?
— Mike Toomey (@TheToomster) December 9, 2018
This is shameful to try to take away from this young man’s night by trying to dig up old things said when he was quite young. Just sickening.
— BamaGirlAnn (@AnnNabors4) December 9, 2018
How about an article on journalistic (using the term loosely) bullying? Don’t think it’s working on the majority of real people.
— jeanne west (@jeannewest1) December 9, 2018
Further proof that @USATODAY is only good for wrapping breakable items for shipping.
— Joshua Grotting (@JoshuaGrotting) December 9, 2018
This literally is "fake news"…is it any wonder so many ppl don't like the media?
— Anthony Alexion (@adalexion1) December 9, 2018
Unfortunately this is the state of journalism in the @USATODAY. Writing/publishing this article is worse than Murray's teen tweets as at least he had the excuse of being a child at the time.
— WhenLifeGivesLemons (@theSP1966) December 10, 2018
If you are able to show me a 14 or 15 year old boy who hasn’t said or done something inappropriate then I’m going to go out on a limb and say that his name is Jesus Christ.
Kyler Murray was recruited to play football for Texas A&M, transferred to Oklahoma where he was also recruited to play baseball. He was a Top 10 pick in last summer’s Major League Baseball Draft. This kid has had coaches and administrators do in-depth background searches as well as interviews for him to get where he is. Up until now the only blemish on his record was sleeping through a football walk-through practice that resulted in him not starting against Baylor. Now, because a special interest writer was looking for the next way he could be offended with today’s culture, the sports world is talking about the Tweets of a 14-year old kid rather than the athletic accomplishments of an upstanding young man.
To bring up a young man’s adolescent Tweets on the biggest night of his life, from seven-plus years ago, is more than just petty. This is the exact definition of weaponizing the media to bring a hateful attack in a effort to push personal opinion. This type of behavior has contributed to a volatile political climate in our country, but I stand with the vast majority of the Twitter responses in saying let’s keep it away from our sports.