By now you’ve probably read somewhere that Roddy White is a lunatic, and has become the shining example of why while free speech is terrific, employing a man on your football team who’s publicly and aggressively defending the Penn State football program today in the wake of the Freeh report is something less than terrific. That report will forever stain the formerly pristine image of Penn State, and it has college coaching legends like Bobby Bowden saying that Joe Paterno’s statue needs to crumble.
The report is lengthy (267 pages) and damning, outlining the many ways in which Paterno and other senior officials at Penn State stood idly by and did the minimum (or less) to control and stop Jerry Sandusky, putting the reputation of a university ahead of the welfare of children. In short, they failed.
But this isn’t the place for that rant. If you’d like to read further commentary on Penn State and the dagger that was lodged deep into the football program’s heart today, there are many, many, many places to do that. So go ahead, I’ll wait.
Instead, let’s focus back on one of the few people of prominence not named Matt Millen who supported PSU today. In fairness, White definitely isn’t the only morally blind PSU defender. No, people still donate to Penn State (the university received $208.7 million during its last fiscal year…no, seriously), and there were burning cars and inane press conference questions last November when cuddly Joe Pa was canned.
But of all the unfathomable statements made today on the Twitter that triggered instant head asplosions, few of them came from a source of prominence who has such a wide reach. White unleashed a string of stupidity reacting to the Freeh report earlier this afternoon, and I’d share his tweets with you now in neat, screen cap form, but he deleted them. Nearly every one of them.
Thankfully since the Internet remembers everything you say, do, and think, Sports Grid captured the string of commentary by the Falcons receiver. So please, join me as we count the ways that White strapped himself to a pole and invited you to pelt him with fish sticks.
And. Here. We. Go.
First up, a lesson in rug sweeping…
A lot of stuff get swept under the rug at university’s don’t understand why penn state had to tell the media we got a coach rapping kids
He later said he’s aware that he consistently misspelled “raping” and instead typed “rapping” during his rant. We’re sure there’s also a rapping problem at Penn State.
Joe pa told the people he was suppose to tell he is a football coach he coaches 100 student athletes the head people should’ve done more
I assume by now someone’s told him that after a 2001 incident involving Sandusky, Paterno had a conversation with athletic director Tim Curley, and they decided not to alert the authorities.
Good, moving on then.
I would send my kid there if he wanted to go he wasn’t rappin football players that’s a great program that joe pa ran
“Great” for White is a freely-used adjective which describes a program that turned its head while children were molested. For the rest of us, the minimum qualification for “great” is the absence of child molestation. But hey, semantics, right?
White knows that you think he’s crazy, and he thinks you’re crazy.
Y’all are crazy for thinking I’m saying it was ok for penn state to hide the incident but to blame joe pa when he told the people is bad
That point has already been refuted. We’re dancing in circles now, Roddy, which is an entirely unexpected development.
No that we’ve reviewed White’s rant, let’s repeat something for emphasis: none of these tweets exist anymore. Go ahead, check White’s timeline. They’re all gone except for the last one, and they’ve been replaced with a tweet in which White completely changes tone and backtracks, criticizing Paterno instead. Someone who sits in a nice chair somewhere in the Falcons’ offices said a few words of the four-letter variety to White, and he promptly entered damage control.
Oh, and ironically, he added this tweet too:
He just wants to block out the negative karma, man. He’s all positive, all the time.