2. I care what these players do for my team. And shit like this affects my team, and my university. Do you really think, as a graduate, you won't be associated with the kind of people your school turns out? You've really never followed the careers of pros from your school, and celebrated their successes? Or lamented a lost season because of injury or ineligibility? C'mon, man. We give more of a shit BECAUSE they play football. It's one of the perks of being a big-time college athlete.
Think people in Auburn didn't feel pride when Bo Jackson was becoming one of the greatest two-sport athletes of our time, and horror and sympathy when injury ended his career?
The fact that some of these young men have this mentality that fans of their programs should just shut up and be thankful that they chose to grace a certain university with their presence regardless of the negative light cast on said university by their idiotic and illegal actions is ludicrous. And defending this mind-set will only perpetuate it.
He posted something TO THE WORLD after the world, in his eyes, took a dump on his buddy. Most of us would do the same. And no, we have no real investment beyond out own team's interest. The only reason I watch Sidney Rice on Sunday is because he was a Gamecock. The only reason I felt heart broken went Kenny McKinley killed himself was because I had watched him play on Saturday and had his jersey. Any number of people tragically killed themselves on that same day, but the majority of folks only heard about his case. That's not right, but our culture does it. But perhaps you'd like to tell me what the 2004 Arkansas right tackle is up to these days?
Again man, I'm saying both sides have merit and so does your post, but you can't tell me that the majority of fans care about the players after they stop being a part of the team, or in Bo's case, representing the team. George Rodgers will always be a part of the Gamecock family, but that's only because the Heisman winner says involved. The day he's not involved, he because largely irrelevant to most fans and will be mentioned only as 1 of the few things we have that Clemson doesn't.