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Mississippi State freshman Tweets, gets dismissed

Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: August 26, 2011 11:52 am
By Gary Parrish

Rick Stansbury dismissed D.J. Gardner from the Mississippi State basketball team on Friday. The development came a day after Stansbury announced the heralded freshman would redshirt, and less than 15 hours after Gardner publicly expressed his displeasure with the coaching staff via Twitter.

"These b***es tried to f**k me over," Gardner Tweeted late Thursday, according to a screen shot grabbed by the Clarion-Ledger's Brandon Marcello. "That’s y I red shirted .. But I wish my homies a great as* season.. I don’t even know y I’m still here"

Gardner is an in-state product who averaged 32 points and 10 rebounds as a high school senior.

He chose Mississippi State over Memphis.
Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:30 pm
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:24 pm

Mississippi State freshman Tweets, gets dismissed

I'm sure someone has room at the 2 or 3 position for a 4-star who put up 32 and 10 in HS.  I believe this means he will be eligible right away?  Recruiters always tell players they can play right away.  3-star prospects sorta expect to be redshirted.  4-star guys with his stats usually take the promises as truth, and expect to play.  

While Gardner needs to learn how to communicate without obscenities, and needs to understand that the world is watching his tweets now, and holds him to a higher standard of behavior, I really can't find any fault with his message. If MSU really wanted him that much, they would have talked to him and had him apologize on Twitter.  It would have been acknowledged as the freshman mistake that it was, and both sides would have moved on.  

This raises a few questions.  Is there a backstory here that indicates a problem with Gardner?  Did the coaching staff flat-out lie to Gardner?  Are there some shenanigans going in within the MSU program and coaching staff?

I hope Gardner finds the right place and is able to fulfill his potential.  I also hope he learns that he has to conduct himself with class in public.  It is the responsibility of any coach who tells a kid's parents that he will "take care of your son for the next four years" to provide that leadership.  Leadership and role modeling
 apparently aren't part of the program at Mississippi State. 

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:19 pm

Mississippi State freshman Tweets, gets dismissed

Is it really possible for someone to say something that stupid and not think he would be dismissed?

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 26, 2011 12:15 pm

Mississippi State freshman Tweets, gets dismissed

Bye-bye punk arse bee-yotch.

Don't let the hoop hit ya in yer arse on the way out the gym door..


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