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Commentary: Ohio State football player’s Twitter outburst not reflective of entire team

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Stupid is as stupid does and, Friday, one Ohio State football player tweeted something very, very stupid.

Buckeyes third-string quarterback freshman Cardale Jones seems to be facing a bit of an existential crisis.

On Friday morning at 8:43 a.m., Jones, from his Twitter handle “Cordale10,” had this brilliant thing to say to his nearly 3,000 Twitter followers and, consequently, the rest of the world:

“Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL, classes are POINTLESS”

The tweet, which received 50 retweets and 12 favorites, has since been deleted.

Thanks to Deadspin, though, it now lives in interwebs infamy for people who, like me, missed it on the first go-around.

This, arguably, is the most damning tweet I’ve seen an OSU football player send since first-year Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus last November.

And while it would be equally impulsive and reckless for Meyer to suspend Jones for blasting, you know, the purpose of a university, one can only imagine what the former Florida coach will have to say to him today or tomorrow.

Regardless of how Meyer chooses to handle it all, Jones’ outburst tells me a lot of things.

First, to Meyer’s credit, it seems by the looks of it that Jones is probably in class – or doing something productive – at 8:43 a.m. on a Friday.

Moreover, for one to tweet such a thing, it likely means Jones is going to class and, at the very least, going to sign the attendance sheet or appease Meyer’s henchmen who check up the players’ presence in the classroom.

But it shows me that Meyer isn’t messing around with his squad’s academic endeavors-even if some, not all, players are taking classes like basket weaving and underwater croquet.

Second, Jones’ tweet absolutely, positively cannot be taken as an indictment of the entire football team’s opinion on getting a free education, as doing so would be as ignorant as the tweet itself. 

Jones’ outburst is probably embarrassing to the many players on the team who take school as seriously as they take playing for Meyer and the Buckeyes.

On freshman linebacker Josh Perry’s twitter account “RIP_JEP,” his little info box below the account handle says:

“School, sports and The Ohio State Football #STUDENTathlete #1LFD”

For Perry, who was named an OSU Scholar-Athlete after enrolling early to school in January, emphasis, obviously, is on the “student” aspect of being a student-athlete.

Like Perry, the John Simons, Etienne Sabinos and Michael Bennetts of the world exist, likely, in the dozens on OSU’s football team.

Per Jones’ tweet, it seems he doesn’t subscribe to such a similar mindset.

But I don’t know Jones personally. I’m, clearly, not his friend, nor have I ever bumped into him at Big Bar. As a student-journalist, I’ve never interviewed the kid.

Jones could be a model citizen doing the right things off the field for all we know. His Twitter bio, after all, says “Trying To Make A Difference In Everyone’s Life Who’s In Mine.”

His tweet, above anything else, shows various degrees of immaturity and a misguided sense of purpose at OSU.

And while the tweet can’t be reflective of an entire team of 100-plus people, I wouldn’t doubt that there are a handful of players in Jones’ corner saluting his 119-character Psalm of wisdom.

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