I think the thing that stunned us the most about the KU footbrawl-basketbrawl story Wednesday is the fact we fans are so used to seeing athletes get physical against players on other teams.. not anyone from your own team. That's what has ESPN and all the websites, blogs, tweets and video sources fired up about the KU brawl story. That, and the makings of a KU turf war between the two main athletic programs at a university with national distinctions.
Tyshawn Taylor's Facebook page was shut down after he wrote his fans that he's not somebody who will step out of character, and "he's the one who's got the G(angsta) in this fight." And there was a lot more, including gangsta rap lyrics. After a quickly called "boot camp" Thursday, he said his Facebook comments were "stupid, and I wish I could take it all back." But taking it back in a world of social media is a concept as old as carbon paper and manual typewriters. That goes for the video on You Tube, too.
Then through the conventional outlets of phone calls or news releases printed on paper and faxed out, KU fought to get the word out that the athletic department wanted to shut off any additional comment about the matter, pending further investigation. Once again, Mission: Impossible from Lew Perkins office.
Tyshawn's Facebook entry is one small part of a growing trend of athletes getting out on social media, and their coaches not liking it! Right before the fights, consider these stories that were also making headlines on ESPN:
Washington Redskins' player Robert Henson tweeted his followers that Redskins fans are "dimwits." His account was shut down Wednesday, too. Arizona's star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, apparently missing coach Todd Haley, tweeted his brother from the locker at halftime Sunday that the Cardinals "are callin' all the wrong plays.. keeping me out of the game."
I've written up some of my own, and wondered if we might see some of the Chiefs tweet these messages before too long:
twitter.com/Matt_Cassel: God I can't believe I threw that ball downfield with :14 seconds left and no timeouts!
twitter.com/LarryJohnson: I was so mad about that game, I could spit beer.
Leave us your own twitter message from your favorite NFL stars, or just blog me to talk about whether coaches need to "beat the tweets" and keep their players off their cell phones on Sunday!! Ralph