The Mailbox | This cowardly social-media bullying of athletes must desist
Ray: I cannot believe what I read concerning the treatment of E.J. Liddell. What is wrong with these people who feel they must destroy this young man through faceless social media?
I take great offense and have a great amount of anger that they would do this. My first question to these hate-spewers would be to ask what affiliation they have to the university.
Also, it was only a basketball game. No curing cancer, or changing our society. I would enjoy meeting these brave people who hid behind these hateful words. What they did was totally wrong and has no place in our society.
Fausto J. Garofalo Jr., Columbus
Editor: On Friday, March 19, the Ohio State men’s basketball team lost to Oral Roberts and was bounced from the NCAA Tournament. However, an amazing and astonishing thing happened the very next day.
The earth was still spinning on its axis as it continued its year long journey around the sun. People celebrated the first day of spring with a glorious and sunny day. Birds were singing. My wife and one of our granddaughters had a “girls day out” with shopping and lunch.
In other words, the universe didn’t explode and life as we know it continued marching on.
It’s called perspective, people. Some of you in Buckeye Nation need to get a serious grip on reality.
Michael A. Thompson, Grove City
Fausto, Michael: Let’s be clear: This is not simply an Ohio State problem, nor merely a college sports issue. There are millions of gutless cowards hiding behind their social media handles, spouting hateful bile and mountains of untruths. It’s an American scourge.
Ray: The terrible treatment that our players and others receive after a loss is sound reason for doing away with “March Madness.”
The “mad” in “madness” prevails to such an extent that the American public has shown it is not mature enough to enjoy an event without wishing death upon teenaged players who make a mistake.
Pick four teams for the tournament, which will limit the anger that now prevails over one month. Wrap the entire matter up in one weekend, eliminate the “mad,” and protect the safety of our athletes.
Daniel D. Connor, Columbus
Daniel: I’m not sure the NCAA, its “corporate partners” and the television networks would go for your plan. You’re suggesting they take their bell cow and turn it into one pot of oxtail soup.
Editor: I’m happy OSU lost, but not for the reason you might think. As one who served this country during the Vietnam war, I watched with disgust at these coddled and pampered brats knelt during the national anthem.
How dare they put their snotty little perceived “political awareness” on display on national television. They have lived a life of privilege and false honor for their gift of athletic talent. They have enjoyed thousands of hours of time by family and coaches in this great country that has afforded them elite status and valuable scholarships and all the trimmings of prestige among their peers.
What little they know of the real world and real life. I also blame the coach for allowing this behavior. I would have benched each and every one of them.
Shame on them, the coaches and OSU itself. I will never again even give this college and its students another positive thought. Disgusted.
Bert Gay, Columbus
Bert: Well, there’s obviously nothing that I can say here to convince you that many of the young men and women who take these stands have a legitimate reason. Maybe I could suggest you watch a video. It’s 8 minutes, 46 seconds long.
Editor: So sad, Ray, that you get actually paid for your continual drivel (Mailbox, last Sunday). As far as being “educated,” your arrogance along with other liberals is just plain sad as well. Do you know the crap behind the BLM movement? Appears you don’t.
You are just another lost sheep in the herd and don’t understand the meaning to be an American. You pay cheap lip service to it.
Fine, protest all you want but you don’t disrespect the very freedom that you or anyone of your kind has never worked for.
I doubt you will have the (nerves) to print this. So be it. Have a nice day!
John Watson, via email
John: The real trick here is how you introduced the Black Lives Matter movement into a discussion about basketball players kneeling in protest. Bravo, not so much.
Editor: I am appalled with the social media comments directed at E.J. Liddell. Tit is disgusting to me that someone/anyone really can be so cowardly and has the ability to hide.
I don't know E.J., but he seems like a good young fella, a superb player who competes against taller competition most of the time and outperforms them with a wonderful smile on his face.
Shame on those folks that must hide in their own toxic world. This basketball team had a wonderful year. Congrats to the coach and players.
Dave Hoon, Englewood, Fla.
"One shining moment" those players will live with that ache in their heart forever. It's hard to fathom the insults that were sent Liddell's way!
Lenny Palma, Columbus
Editor: How dare OSU fans attack E.J. Liddell. Here is a young man getting banged around, playing his heart out for our Buckeyes! I am sure if I were a coach I would love to have him on my team!
You spoiled fans, we lost but we are better sports than those who spouted off!
Bary Alan Leeman, Bexley