I love Twitter. Seriously, I just LOVE it. Mostly because it's so easy for some idiot to put their foot in their mouth for the whole world to see. Take this tweet from former Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson.
Boycotting sportscenter til this michael sam nasty ass shit is off .... My brothers are 7 and 11 and saw that!!! #SICKENING— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
Now as you might expect, this led to some serious rebuking from the folks at Ole Miss, particularly their Athletic Director, Ross Bjork, who send out these counter-tweets.
I'm extremely disappointed & we do not condone the statements made by our former bball player. We believe in respect & dignity for all......— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
We use significant resources to educate our student-athletes about respect & dignity for all people & unfortunately not everyone gets it....— Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) May 12, 2014
Now it is reasonable to expect that this reprimand via Twitter, and the realization that the NBA draft is coming up next month, probably led to a major "Oh Shit!" moment on the part of Mr. Henderson, since he spent the next 15 tweets trying to explain that it was all just an "experiment", blaming it on the proverbial "Gay friend" (because doesn't everyone have a Gay friend who's talked them into "experimenting").
One of my best friends, WHO IS GAY, is about to graduate in psychology, asked me to say these things so he can have responses ... TBC— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
I won't go into the rest of the series where he calls it a "joke", gives the "see what had happened was" explanation, feigns amazement at the reactions to his tweets, ultimately ending up with what may be taken as a mea-culpa.
THANK YOU MICHAEL SAM FOR STANDING UP FOR YOU AND MAKING THIS WHOLE PROJECT POSSIBLE!!! TRYING TO BRIDGE THE GAP ONE DAY AT A TIME!!— marshall henderson (@NativeFlash22) May 12, 2014
The moral here is, be careful what you tweet. You may get just the reaction you're looking for.