ESPN’s Jason Fitz admitted on Tuesday that he will “actively root against Clemson” because the “jerks on social media” who support the school have attacked him on social media.
“I am here to tell you all that I now actively root against Clemson,” Fitz said. “Not just now and not just until the end of the year but until you guys turn it around. When I say you guys, I don’t mean anything on the field. I mean all of you jerks on social media.”
“The next time one of you guys tells me to kill myself over a Krispy Kreme take, ask yourself, would you do that if your kid was watching?” Fitz continued.
The Clemson Tigers are ranked No. 2 in the nation and take on No. 3 Ohio State on New Years Eve in the Fiesta Bowl for a chance to play in the National Championship. Clemson finished the regular season 21-1 and won the ACC. Fitz didn’t specify what got him so worked up, but it’s pretty obvious he’ll root for Ohio State because of the way fans have responded to him on social media.
“You sit there, and you watch TV… You say that you want players to act like they represent the school,” Fitz said. “You say you want your coaches to act like they represent the school. And then you represent the school like jerks on social media. I’m tired of it.”
Fitz wasn’t the only public figure to use their platform to condemn antics on social media on Tuesday. MSNBC cut away from a live press conference about the murder of former NFL star Joe McKnight when Jefferson Parish sheriff Newell Normand unexpectedly started using foul language while reading hateful comments lawmakers received during the investigation.
“It’s not fair for him to be called, ‘You punk-a– Uncle Tom coon, we saw you sell out to them, you rat-a- f—ot punk,'” he read. “That’s the tone of what we call our elected leaders for standing up and simply saying let justice prevail and let the process take its course.”
The sheriff went on to read comments that included the N-word, as well.
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