As Ben linked to in this morning’s While We’re Waiting, a recent revelation has caused a disturbance at Ohio State, which was a contributing factor in a recruit decommitting from the 2013 Buckeye class. First off, this young man- currently a Junior in High School- has every right to pick Ohio State or any other school. This is not about him. Nor is it about his family that made some comments that has some members of the “Ohio State community” upset and defensive on twitter and I’m guessing message boards.
In the last week, it came to the attention of the OSU compliance department that an individual has been posting pictures of himself with several Ohio State athletes on his twitter account. He has been very active in trying to communicate with OSU athletes and prospective student athletes through twitter. That doesn’t sound like anything new to those that have much experience with the social media site, where fans routinely try to get a favorite athlete or celebrity to respond to a message they tweet.
The difference in this case, is that the man in question is a registered sex offender in another state.
A warning email was sent to Ohio State’s athletes from the athletic office, and the individual’s twitter account has been shut down. [Read more...]