Twitter is the planet’s go-to place to vent.
Tennessee’s starting quarterback Tyler Bray voiced his frustration following the Volunteers' 41-31 loss to Mississippi State, and it wasn't about the letdown itself, but rather about the Vols’ fans.
According to GoVolsXtra.com, he tweeted to his 32,000 followers, "We got some bandwagon fans. Hopefully my apt. Isn't egged."
Bray, unsurprisingly, deleted the tweet.
Not quickly enough, though.
Many fans saw the tweet and reacted to it. Some were supportive of Bray, encouraging the junior QB (@coty_T):
Others weren’t nearly as sympathetic (@LD_Wright):
Is this idiot serious? “@tbrayvol8: We got some bandwagon fans. Hopefully my apt. Isn't egged.”— Landon Wright (@LD_Wright) October 14, 2012
This is why, ladies and gentlemen, you shouldn’t be shocked if paid athletes—professional or students on scholarship—are forced off the social media site in the near future.
Athletes like Bray are making bank to represent prestigious franchises and universities (again, by scholarship). What they say reflects on the teams they compete for.
Tennessee now has a ticked-off fanbase because Bray didn’t think before he tweeted. If an athlete isn’t intelligent enough to stay off Twitter after a heated battle, then he or she shouldn’t be on the site at all. Just ask Herm Edwards about his opinion on the topic.
Bray’s tweet certainly wasn’t among the top 100 boneheaded athlete moments in Twitter history, but his message was obviously not well thought out, hence his attempt to take back what he said.
Maybe now Bray has learned to not press send in the first place.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.