USA Today Faces Backlash After Shaming Heisman Winner for Tweets Posted When He Was a Teen

Dec 8, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray poses for photos during a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis after winning the Heisman Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kyler Murray won one of college football’s highest honors on Saturday as he was awarded the Heisman Trophy for his excellence as quarterback for Oklahoma, but USA Today wasn’t focused on his football accomplishments.

In a report published late Saturday night, USA Today dug up several tweets and claimed that Murray had made homophobic statements on Twitter. According to the report, Murray called one of his friends a “queer” in 2012. He was 15 years old at the time of the tweet.

In response to this hit from USA Today, Murray humbly apologized for the comments he had made when he was a teen. He penned the apology in the early hours of Sunday morning, just hours after he won the Heisman Trophy.

Still, his apology wasn’t enough for USA Today. They slammed him on Twitter for not deleting the old tweets as soon as he was hit with the story — at two in the morning, central time.

Although Murray clearly regrets using insensitive language when he was a kid, many came to his defense and condemned USA Today for targeting him on the day he won the Heisman trophy.

Murray won the Heisman Trophy for his stunning performances on the football field, but he also shines on the baseball diamond. He would likely be a top pick in the NFL draft, but he has already signed a deal with the Oakland A’s to play Major League Baseball.

He can still make a choice to delay his baseball career for a few years in the NFL but that decision has yet to be made.

Although USA Today decided to pick apart Murray’s past, he clearly has a bright future ahead of him, no matter what sport he chooses.

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banstan
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banstan

The people who spend their time looking to bring other people down for something in their past have got to be the most pitiful, saddest people on the face of the Earth. And the most jealous of other people’s successes.

Phoenix
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Phoenix

A single kid making a bad choice on Twitter a years ago does not belong on the news. It doesn’t matter who he is today.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

It’s a double-standard unless the USA today “pretend” journalists confess their own teenage transgressions.

Let’s all admit that teenagers are stupid and make mistakes. I’ll admit that I was least smart enough not to get caught.

banstan
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banstan

You didn’t get caught for the reason I didn’t get caught, there was NO social media when we were kids. Thank the Good Lord for that.

Screwtape
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Screwtape

True, plus I’d like to believe we were not stupid enough to make things public.

banstan
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banstan

I believe we were. . . maybe

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