Every couple of seasons it comes to this.
A select group of fans – and I use this term loosely – believe it is their right to take out their frustrations with a specific college, player or even a coach.
For decades, you would hear stories about coaches coming home from football games to find For Sale signs in their yards or their trees showered in toilet paper. Fans turning to destructive vandalism to express their feelings about the individual or the game.
It’s a different story however when it happens to a player.
Following Georgia’s 35-7 loss to South Carolina Saturday, linebacker Christian Robinson tweeted that he came home to find the house he shares with quarterback Aaron Murray, “egged and rolled.”
"Came to a house that was egged and rolled. Seems that people turn on you when you're not perfect. Thought we were in this together,” the senior tweeted.
For Murray’s part, the junior quarterback not only was dealing with the loss on the field, but also with the recent news that his father Denny, had recently been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, was scheduled to go into surgery Monday in Tampa.
The senior tweeted out, “Probably the worst 12 hours of my life but I know my family will push through.” He later tweeted, “yep what a great thing to come home to for us,” when asked about his house.
Robinson later said that some good Samaritans came by and cleaned up the mess.
Georgia coach Mark Richt addressed the situation during his Sunday press conference.
“Sometimes that comes with the territory,” he said. “You're a public figure and people get upset about things. It's sad something like that would happen but it's not shocking people get criticism or something like that happened to them when they're in the type position those guys are in, especially the quarterback position.”
This is what bothers me about this situation.
Murray and Robinson are both student-athletes.
For anyone to take out their frustrations with the team or their performances on the field with vandalism is gutless. Just like it was gutless for some of those Kansas City Chiefs fans that cheered when quarterback Matt Cassel went down with a concussion.
Blurring the line between reality and sports is a dangerous and slippery slope.
Just look at the Harvey Updyke saga. Updyke was an Alabama Crimson Tide fan who purposely poisoned trees at Toomer’s Corner at Auburn because he was upset with a loss by his team. He is now facing possible jail time.
I understand that this is a select group of individuals – I hate to even use the word fans – and could be nothing more than a harmless prank, but that’s how it starts. Then it escalates into something more. Something ugly and the sports world doesn’t need that.
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