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OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:31 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2012 3:30 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

LaQuinton Ross deleted the Tweet and apologized pretty quickly.

But by then, as is almost always the case in this fast-paced world, the damage was done.

"Don't know how much longer I can take this BULL----!!!!!" Ross Tweeted, and I think it's reasonable to assume "this BULL----" was in reference to the fact that Ohio State coach Thad Matta didn't play Ross Tuesday night for the fifth straight game. Elite recruits don't like sitting the bench, you know? But Ross' comments are also interesting in a larger scope, because they come just a few days after Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin Tweeted his displeasure with Mark Turgeon's decision to bench him in crucial minutes.

I don't care whether Matta and Turgeon are right or wrong.

That's not the point.

The point is that athletes must learn, sooner or later, that Tweeting something in the year 2012 is no different than saying something into a microphone held by Clark Kellogg. It's all for public consumption. I hear your thoughts when you say them live on CBS. I read your thoughts when you Tweet them to your followers -- if only because your followers RT them and those thoughts find me somehow, in this case via an email from our Ohio State Rapid Reporter.

Bottom line, don't be stupid.

If you're an athlete at a high-profile school -- you know, like Ohio State, which just so happens to be ranked sixth nationally -- you need to ask yourself one question before Tweeting anything: Would I say these words into a microphone with a television camera in my face? If the answer is a negative, don't hit "send." Because if you do, you'll look silly. And then you're just gonna end up deleting the Tweet and subsequently apologizing, at which point you'll look even sillier than you did before.
Comments

Since: Mar 17, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:23 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

Cut him slack my A..! This is just another reason why athletes don't need to use twitter. First of all, who wants to hear their personal opinions? Are we so bored in today's society that we have time to listen to other's personal thoughts--especially an individual who's barely known by the general public. How do cut stupid people slack!? Yes, stupid! After countless gaffes by egotistical athletes in the past, putting your foot in your mouth on twitter still seems to prevail. Cut him some slack? I think not.




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:23 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

OSU is a cesspool.  It only takes one player to tell the truth to the NCAA Enforcement Committee and it will be all over for their basketball or football programs.  Unfortunately, the "Sacred Brotherhood" makes sure that nobody ever says anything, and that anyone who does "takes it back," apologizes, was "misquoted," or was "taken out of context."

It's sorta hard to misquote a tweet, though.  I love Twitter.  And sooner or later, someone is going to get to the NCAA before the "Sacred Brotherhood" gets to them. 



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:44 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

He's a freshman who went through a lot of unnecessary paper work (thanks NCAA) to become eligible well after the season began. Cut him some slack.




Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:12 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

Show him the door. No need for the ME ME ME attitude in that locker room.



Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:05 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

Did you not read the text?  Do not press send.  Especially, if that something you're about too say is stupid...


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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:29 pm
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Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:27 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

No Tattoos for you!

 

BUWAHAHAHAAA!!!!




Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:12 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

That's what happens when the 4 and 5 star recruits all go the top schools - many never play whereas they could have been a star at another school - there is still only one basketball for everyone to share



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:49 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

Great call Lion!  Deshaun is a perfect example of someone who came into Columbus highly touted and expected to play quite a bit but with Sully, Buford, Craft and the seniors Diebler, Lighty, and Lauderdale he didn't see the court much.  Thomas wasn't pleased but he did take it like a man and came into this season knowing he would start and get a lot of looks.  If Ross wants to be involved with this team he should just keep his mouth shut and work hard like everyone else does and maybe next season he will get to show off his talent.

Twitter is just a mess for athletes and should be banned!  Man up and talk to your coach in person or stay quiet and go about your daily business!



Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 15, 2012 4:42 pm
 

OSU's Ross latest to go off on Twitter, apologize

Buckeyes had a pretty good player in the same situation last year by the name of DeShaun Thomas.  And Thomas even was on the team the whole year, not joining halfway through the season.  Thomas took it like a man, and look where he is today.  Ross can learn a lot by looking at that close-to-home situation.


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