I have been reading, and I saw what Carson Palmer had said about the Ohio State Buckeyes. I am ok with it, and I am not sure what the big deal is?
Carson Palmer went to USC, and he is proud of that fact. He bleeds the Trojan colors, and he represents his college well.
Put yourself in his place. You work in a state that has another powerhouse college football team that the state lives for. He hears all the time how great Ohio State is and that there is no other college like it. Sounds like one states (Ohio) opinion.
Carson Palmer believes that his school, USC, is the best place to get an education and play football. He feels there is no other football program better, and when in enemy territory, he is going to defend his team vs. others.
Good for him. Everyone outside of Ohio is saying the same thing that their schools are the best. I am sure if there was a quarterback for Cincinnati who played at Penn State, they would have similar perspective on the question and comments made.
Now, was it a good business move for him knowing that he plays his professional career in the state that loves the Buckeyes? Probably not. However, it still doesn't change the fact that it is the way he feels. He just is the guy who got quoted on it.
So, to all the other players in the NFL, NBA, or other pro sports, stay true to your Alma Mater even if you are in enemy territory and never apologize for sticking up for your beliefs.