Image being held accountable for things you did as a 15-year-old high school student, but that’s where we are in today’s brave new social media-dominated world.
University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Award Saturday night but he did not have much time to celebrate before USA Today ran an article detailing several homophobic tweets he sent as a young teenager.
Instead of celebrating a monumental achievement, Murray, now 21-years-old, was sacked by the paper and forced to apologize — all of which raises the question of just how long was USA Today sitting on the story.
“I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15,” the player tweeted at 3:00 a.m. “I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.”
I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) 9 December 2018
In several tweets that were deleted after the article came out, Murray used the term “queer” in razzing friends online. USA Today exposed the ill-advised tweets mere hours after he won college football’s most prestigious award.
“Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray had a Saturday to remember. But the Oklahoma quarterback’s memorable night also helped resurface social media’s memory of several homophobic tweets more than six years old,” the paper reported.
As for who the person he is, Murray’s acceptance speech shows a soft-spoken young man who spoke of a higher power looking down on him and became emotional while thanking his head coach, who was at the award ceremony.
Suffice it to say, social media was not pleased with the newspaper’s efforts.
A 15 or 16 year old kid’s Tweets aren’t a story. What should be a story? The loser adults spending hours combing through old teenager Tweets to try and ruin someone on the night of their biggest accomplishment. Congrats to Kyler Murray on the Heisman.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) 9 December 2018
Come on pic.twitter.com/iLjtzMexBp
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) 9 December 2018
Someone just made this point (I don’t remember who), that our garbage media waits until someone accomplishes something great, like a life long dream, then drags this stuff out. They’re a vipers nest. Treat them that way. https://t.co/DHCs5cxRhx
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) 9 December 2018
The real question is will this new “standard” established by the media apply to ALL — to include liberal darlings like Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman, as a social media user asked.
Not sure, but this effort by USA Today serves as yet another reason so many Americans have lost faith in the press.
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
Judging people’s character in adulthood by what they post on social media at the age of **15** is beyond moronic; it’s oppressive. I’m so glad the internet didn’t exist to permanently record my every utterance in adolescence https://t.co/l9R0tO7rfE
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) 9 December 2018
Dragging out tweets from a 15 year old Kyler Murray?
This is where we are at now?
I would LOVE to be able to put these people digging this stuff up, under a microscope & put all their mistakes on display.
He was 15. Kids say stupid shit. End of story. https://t.co/8bjSoprGpu
— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) 9 December 2018
Breaking: former first grade classmates say Kyler Murray referred to girls as “stupid” and “gross”
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) 9 December 2018
Great reporting @USATODAY on things said when we’re 14. This is an example of why people hate the Press in this country.
— chris (@Hyguy66) 9 December 2018
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