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USA Today Attacks Heisman Trophy Winner for ‘Offensive Tweets,’ Internet Defends Player

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Within hours of winning the Heisman Trophy, college football’s highest honor, the recipient of the award was attacked by hotel tabloid USA Today over four Tweets described has “homophobic,” sent when the player was 14 and 15 years old.

“As of early Sunday morning, four offensive tweets using an anti-gay slur remained active on the Heisman winner’s account,” said USA Today in a Tweet, linking to a story about Oklahoma University’s Kyler Murray.

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Murray used the word “queer” in six separate Tweets between 2011 and 2012, seven and eight years ago, respectively, when he was a child. For that, he was shamed by USA Today on the biggest night of his life and goaded into an apology. Consequently – and rightfully – the internet stepped in to defend Murray.

“Can someone organize a boycott of USA Today?” asked AEI Scholar and modern feminism critic Christina Hoff Sommers.

“Instead of using this young man’s accomplishments and story as inspiration for other young athletes, you attempt to ruin him by focusing on a small mistake he made as a teenager on social media. This is why people feel like the media is their enemy,” said Twitter user @dfresh2001.

“And this is why your paper is given away at hotels, and people still don’t read it,” said Twitter user @griff_golf.

The original USA Today tweet received only about 400 retweets, while it garnered more than 7,000 responses, mostly in defense of Murray.

The upstanding young man was also drafted 9th overall by Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics in the 2018 draft, and will reportedly head to Athletics spring training in 2019.

His future is likely brighter than that of USA Today. 

 

 

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Cheater Lance Armstrong’s Store Forbids Sale of Bicycles to Austin Police Department

He’s a real moral authority.

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A bicycle store in Austin, Texas owned by disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong announced it would no longer sell bikes to the Austin Police Department, taking offense at the way that the city’s police department had treated the Black Lives Matter movement during recent protests in the city.

It was a staff-wide store decision,” said general manager Will Black. “It’s something we discussed for a pretty good length of time to make sure we were all on the same page and doing the right thing. All of us were uncomfortable with what’s going on. It’s all the people who work at the bike shop.

Mellow Johnny’s is owned by Tour de France champion(a title since revoked) Lance Armstrong. While the business appears willing to castigate its local police department for supposed abuses, its entire public image and incentive structure is based upon the legacy of a man who took performance-enhancing drugs to secure an undue advantage for his own competitive gain.

The company announced it would no longer provide bikes to the Austin police in a tweet earlier this week.

Mellow Johnny’s states in the announcement that they still expect the police to protect them from alleged threats the business has been receiving.

Mellow Johnny’s has adopted a marketing technique of pandering to cultural liberals before, trying to insulate the business from any transactions with companies that sell and manufacture firearms.

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