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UT QB Bray Says Hate Mail Led Him To Vent Via Tweet

If you’re the quarterback for a major college football team in an age when anonymous dimwits can send you nasty comments in a nanosecond all from under a veil of anonymity, you better be ready to take a whole lotta crap.  Tennessee QB Tyler Bray wasn’t… and he responded to said crap via Twitter on Saturday following the Vols 41-31 loss at Mississippi State:

 

“It’s hard because you put your heart out there and then go on your Twitter and see the hate mail.  You want to react, but you can’t.  I was just frustrated at the time.  It’s been two weeks in a row that we could have won, and it’s frustrating.”

 

For those keeping score at home, Bray tweeted that he hoped “bandwagon fans” of the Vols wouldn’t egg his home as some classless Georgia fans had done to Aaron Murray’s abode following the Bulldogs’ loss to South Carolina a week earlier.

The tweet went viral immediately.  It was re-tweeted again and again.  By Sunday morning radio and TV shows in Knoxville were discussing the signal-caller’s comment.  After all, when the starting quarterback says “bandwagon fans” might egg his house, well, let’s just say you don’t see that kind of thing very often.  And if there’s already a question of whether or not said quarterback might jump to the NFL a year early, a tweet like Bray’s will lead many to believe he’s not planning on making a return to Knoxville in 2013.

Bray nuked the tweet and apologized to the “Vol Nation” half a day later.

But it’s yet another good example — as we wrote earlier this week — of why college athletes should deactivate their Twitter accounts during football or basketball season.  One, because they shouldn’t have to hear from any ol’ dunce who decides a 20-something (or younger) is fair game for abuse because he dropped a pass or missed a layup.  Two, because when an athlete does see that kind of gibberish, he’ll want to respond.

And if a big-time athlete respond, it only makes the situation worse.

 


7 comments
RonnieG
RonnieG

I'm a UT fan, but some of these so-called fans need to back off of Tyler Bray and the rest of these young men.....I have no doubt that they are playing hard its just not happening for them. I'm not one for bashing these kids, if I'm going to bash somebody it would be the coaches and fans that do these kinds of things

HughPeters
HughPeters

I hope nobody actually threw anything at his car, I mean apartment, for Bray's sake.  I mean how thoughtless and cruel is it to throw something at somebodies car, I mean apartment.  That just sucks when somebody does that kind of thing to you for no good reason.  Oh the irony of it all.

Blckdmndskr
Blckdmndskr

UT fans may be a lot of things, but the bandwagon fans jumped off about ten years ago.  These days, you can find them proudly flying their Bama flags during football season, then switching over to Kentucky blue in January.

 

If Tyler Bray was just coming anywhere near his #1 draft pick billing, maybe we WOULD have some bandwagon fans again.

quad77
quad77

grown men are ridiculous for tweeting at him. 

he is ridiculous for calling us bandwagon fans. If you like this Vol team you are certainly not a bandwagon fan.

Those are Bammers and ND fans

abkelley74
abkelley74

People are really stupid.  We have some extra stupid Vol fans but, at least we didn't egg his house. Losing is tough, posting threats on Twitter and Facebook is easy. I agree with John here, don't read social media during the season. It's bad enough when you win!!

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

 @abkelley74 You nailed it with the best explanation yet, "People are really stupid." That actually explains most every thing.

BonzaiB
BonzaiB

Bray seems to have a bit of a temper / control problem. Throwing beer bottles at people and or their cars, jet skis and now twitters without thinking. Yep, would be my first pick for new quarterbacks to the NFL if he decides not to come back to UT next year. Agree though that twitter is going to harm a lot more student atheletes than it is going to help in the long run. Bray needs to stop digging though, his hole is starting to fill with water.



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