Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) football is big. It’s one of the top programs in the entire country. They didn’t lose a game this season. They didn’t lose a game last season, either. They’ve got two of Rivals’ top 100 prospects in the high school class of 2012. Its coach, Greg Toal, is a Jersey legend. Don Bosco football is so big that many are uneasy about its impact. But it’s not big enough to overcome Twitter.
Yuri Wright, one of those two Rivals 100 Bosco stars, was expelled from school on Wednesday. The reason: a bunch of profane/graphic posts to his Twitter account. The account (which no longer exists, of course) was protected, but enough people followed him that word got around, and once they became widely-known public knowledge, apparently Bosco couldn’t take the bad publicity – perhaps especially in the wake of pieces like the above-linked New Yorker story and this one at The Classical.
So what was Wright saying, exactly? Many of the offending tweets can be seen here. A choice (and, admittedly, hilarious) few:
In addition to getting expelled from school, rumors swirled that the tweets were why Michigan stopped recruiting Wright. (In the comments here, that quickly turned into, “Oh, Michigan didn’t have a shot at him anyway, this is just an excuse!” college fan trash talk.) The Star-Ledger (N.J.) reported that Rutgers might back off hosting Wright on an official visit this weekend. Wright’s good enough that some school – a BCS conference school, we’d guess – will take him, but this is an awful lot of backlash.
We get that schools wouldn’t be bullish on taking Wright now that his poor judgment has made him the butt of jokes everywhere. Still, it would be too bad if the kid’s chance to play big-time college football went up in smoke (which, again, we still don’t think is going to happen) thanks to some postings that aren’t unlike what a whole lot of kids post on Twitter all the time. But most of those kids aren’t top 100 national recruits. As Wright’s defensive coordinator at Bosco, Danny Marangi, put it:
“It’s unfortunate. Kids don’t realize that everything they say can be heard everywhere these days. They have to realize that they’re held to a higher standard, not the like the average student.”
Be careful on Twitter, kids. (And adults, too.)