The Evil of Twitter: Fans need to leave Alex Oriakhi Alone!!

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Feb 20, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Connecticut Huskies forward Alex Oriakhi (34) during the second half against the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center. UCONN defeated Villanova 73-70 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

It has been just a few hours since Alex Oriakhi made his decision to transfer to the University of Missouri and already his twitter account has been beseiged by probably hundreds of malcontents who are calling him every name under the book, questioning his moral fiber, and berating him endlessly all because he did not pick their school.  And yes, sadly enough, Kentucky fans are in on this, along with what seems to be mostly North Carolina and UConn fans.

Seriously.  Is this the level of ape-dom that basketball fans have devolved to.  It’s plain disgusting and if you are doing this, you seriously need to take a long, hard look at your life and how you express yourself.  You are not representing any fanbase, you are embarassing the fan base.  So just stop it.

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  • KenneyPun

    It’s hard to say that UConn doesn’t have a legitimate grudge against Oriakhi and his father for the way this went down… The elder announced it to ESPN while calling Jim Calhoun a slave-master… Now I’m all for reverse bigotry but everyone knows that Calhoun is a tough coach but calling insinuating that there was a racial aspect to there relationship is an unbelievable insult to a man that has been such a vital part of the community and has helped several young black men make millions, and is trying to make sure that one of those men, Kevin Ollie, will take the reigns of the program he built when he decides to retire. I reserve my right to criticize how he handled it because when no one says anything to spoiled athletes about there conduct you end up with LeBron James making a public spectacle of ripping the heart out of a city and expecting nothing to happen. If Oriakhi just left there would undoubtedly be disappointment but instead he let his father degrade a man that led Alex to a national championship. Maybe athletes, whether professional or amateur, should be not be critisized for their decisions, but they absolutely be held responsible for the way that they conduct themselves and Alex let his father launch his recruitment party in the most egregious of ways.

  • MichaelParker

    I seriously doubt that Oriakhi’s dad was the mouthpiece for Alex.  He did what he did, and a kid in college is not going to publicly reprimand his dad … so the point remains to leave the student alone.  A senior in college and LebRon James are hardly the same comparison and if you really want to go after Oriakhi’s Dad for his comments, find his Dad on Twitter and do it

  • KenneyPun

    Maybe I’m a bit more cynical than but I don’t think that Oriakhi’s dad just came up with those quotes based on his experience playing under Calhoun.  The quotes had to come from somewhere, and even if they were supposed to stay between father and son Alex has stayed silent rather than owning up to his opinion or taking the diplomatic approach, apologizing for how everyone found out, thanking UConn for the support and saying he made the decision because it is best for him.  And the LeBron analogy is exactly the same thing.  The sense of entitlement displayed by some professional athletes comes from a life time of being treated like they are infallible.  When he was a senior in high school a loan LeBron’s mom took out to buy him a car was under investigation and he responded by playing with a remote control car on ESPN during his pregame.  His coach didn’t stop him, his mom didn’t stop him, not a single person said, “You’re not handling this right” and after 10 years of being allowed to do whatever he wanted he made “The Decision” and found out that eventually actions have consequences.  It doesn’t matter who you are, in the real world everyone is held accountable for what they do and suggesting that someone should be given a break because he is an amateur athlete is a societal failure.  In reality the McDonald’s employee that messes up orders will hear about it from customers.  If that employee keeps messing up orders then they won’t be employed much longer.  Actions have consequences and me saying that Oriakhi and his father handled this wrong is not the worst consequence that life has to offer. 

  • WildcatBlueNatn

    I think you are missing the point of the article.  It’s that fans should show some class and not harrass a 21 year old kid on Twitter for transfering.  You can be mad at Oriakhi but in the end he does not owe the fans anything.  I know fans get self entitled and think that the athletes owe them for being a fan, but you are not paying a salary and don’t say you paytaxes and that supports the school.
     
    And the LeBron thing is a HORRIBLE comparison.  It has no context whatsoever. 
     
    Kids transfer from schools al the time. I’m sure Jim Calhoun would rather you support the players he has rather than harass and syber trashtalk a kid that did not want to be a part of his problem.  Oriakhi’s dad is a man.  Find him on twitter if you want to fight wih him 

  • KenneyPun

    I absolutely agree that people should have some class with what they say, and I tried to convey that in my first post.  My point is that there are circumstance where criticism is deserved and that criticism shouldn’t be censored based on age or status as an amateur.  This is one of those times.  Oriakhi does not owe me anything but he does owe respect to the coach that led him to a national championship.
     
    The LeBron comparison is completely pertinent to my point.  When people don’t face criticism for their actions they begin to assume there are none.  This is not specific to the Oriakhi transfer but it is applicable.
     
    Once again, my problem is not with the transfer but with the way it was done.  People do transfer all the time and with UConn’s postseason band this is certainly a time when any transfer would be understandable but the way it was done was disgraceful.
     
    Finally, Oriakhi is a man.  He’s 21 and perfectly capable of speaking for himself.  I have made sure to mention that my criticism is at Oriakhi’s father for his actions, and Oriakhi for his silence.  I’m not “cyber trashing” anyone.  There are always transfers and they are always disappointing but it’s a bit more disappointing when people tell me that expressing my opinion on the way it was handled is out of line.  Why do people keep telling me to look up Oriakhi’s dad on twitter?  I’m encouraged to criticize him for his behavior on behalf of his son but I can’t criticize his son for not acting on his own behalf?