Dec. 8, 2018 is likely a day Kyler Murray will never forget.
Situated in-between Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa in New York City’s PlayStation Theater, the University of Oklahoma signal-caller waited patiently hoping to hear his name called. About fifty-nine minutes into ESPN’s scheduled one-hour show, Murray joined college football’s elite brotherhood by winning the 84th Heisman Trophy.
Murray shook hands with his fellow quarterbacks and hugged family members and coaches before making his way onto the stage to deliver a victory speech in front of a packed crowd.
Little did he know someone unearthed a part of his past to use and take away from the shining moment.
It was discovered that in 2011 and 2012, Murray used a derogatory word multiple times on his personal Twitter account. He, 21, was 14 and 15-years-old at the time. A few hours after receiving the trophy, Murray took to Twitter to apologize for the old tweets, which was certainly the right thing to do. It’s unfortunate, though, that someone felt the need to dig the tweets up and make them the story of what was supposed to be a special night. After putting up prolific numbers through the air and on the ground in leading the Sooners to 12 wins, a Big 12 Championship with a victory over rival Texas, a No. 4 national ranking, a second straight berth into the College Football Playoff and the school’s record seventh Heisman Trophy, Murray was pestered with questions centered around his Twitter activity from his freshman and sophomore year in high school.
There’s no denying we’ve all said a few or even several stupid, regrettable things in our life. It’s always interesting, though, when the critics themselves are guilty of being hypocrites. A simple Twitter search revealed that one particular writer, who felt the need to throw stones, tweeted out equally stupid things a few years back. You live and you learn. Most learn to grow as not just an athlete but also a person like Kyler Murray, who has been nothing short of a model citizen during his collegiate career. I’d venture to say that particular writer, who shall remain nameless, has grown, too.
To be honest, the simple solution here is to probably stay off the app entirely. It’s an awesome tool for connecting with friends and staying updated on important topics in the world of sports and news, but things can get out of hand quick with Twitter detectives on the prowl and ready to show a good person in a bad light.
Anyway, now it’s time to forgive and move on. Murray, a two-sport standout in Norman, will do great things whether he chooses football or baseball in the next chapter of his athletic career.
Recognizing his speed and quickness, the Oakland Athletics selected Murray ninth overall in the most recent MLB Draft. If he chooses to forego that path and return his signing bonus, NFL scouts will surely be enamored of his live arm and play-making ability, and you gotta think many quarterback-needy franchises will be willing to spend a first round pick to get him.
Either way, there’s no denying he’ll put butts in the seats because he’s an exciting player with a bright future ahead of him. So here’s to hoping this Twitter incident is only a blip on what’s a long, successful career.