If You Tweet “These B****es Tried To F**k Me Over” About Your Coaches, You Will Probably Get Kicked Off The Team
D.J. Gardner was a big get for Mississippi State basketball. Rivals ranked the small forward as the 64th-best player in the entire country for the class of 2011. Scout rated him a four-star prospect as well. Now, before it began, his Bulldogs career is over...and Gardner did not go quietly.
It was recently decided that Gardner would redshirt his freshman season. This is a common practice in college football, but much less so in basketball. Interestingly, though, Gardner was apparently okay with the redshirt itself - just not how he found out about it. Per his mother, Angela:
"I was told no decision would be made until November about D.J. being redshirted. Imagine my surprise when I saw it come across Channel 9 news...It’s like they sold him a dream."
And Gardner the younger indeed felt like he'd been sold a bill of goods - enough so that he fired off a tweet saying the following:
These bitches tried to fuck me over.. That’s y I red shirted .. But I wish my homies a great ass season.. I don’t even know y I’m still here
Of course, soon after that one, Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury fixed the "still here" problem for Gardner by kicking him off the team. (Gardner's Twitter account no longer exists, but the tweet in question is screencapped here). And lest you think Angela Gardner is only upset with Mississippi State coaches over perceived dishonesty, make no mistake: she's not a real big fan of how D.J. handled the situation, either.
"I'm not making excuses for his tweet, it was unacceptable. Being his mother, after I saw it I was embarrassed by it. He tweeted out of anger. He's young, and he's got a lot of learning to do."
We'd say something about the dangers of misusing Twitter, but honestly, a separation between Gardner and the Bulldogs was probably for the best here. The player-coach trust was clearly not there, and when you've lost the kid's mom, there's pretty much no going back. Mississippi State was probably right just to cut ties immediately, and it seems like any other school will be a better fit for Gardner than MSU was. Even though it might work out this time, though, we'd still urge Gardner to avoid Twitter-based tirades at future coaches. That's the sort of thing that probably will only lead to an optimal outcome once.
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