Five-star high school recruit Marlon Humphrey may want to lay off Twitter for a while if he is looking to keep the elite college football programs in the nation from giving up on him. As we know, Twitter can create a lot of problems. Humphrey gave us an example of that on Monday when he tweeted about Ole Miss being a racist school.
Most of the action — and there’s plenty of it — can still be seen on Humphrey’s timeline, but he has since deleted a few tweets. According to College Football Talk, it all began Humphrey took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss with his brother and tweeted “Ole Miss was racist haha” before mentioning how they have monthly Ku Klux Klan marches in the area. He later gave a half-hearted apology.
“I’m sorry people y’all ain’t racist, y’all just have KKK marches every month,” he reportedly wrote.
Humphrey, who is ranked the No. 4 cornerback in the class of 2014 by Scout.com, then began retweeting the support he received from fans and players who agree that players who play in Mississippi have to deal with racism. Southern Miss wide receiver Justin Burdette said he knows what Humphrey is talking about.
@marlon_humphrey for someone who played in Mississippi. .. I agree ole miss racist
— justinburdette FINAO (@j_burdezzy82) June 24, 2013
Despite the storm of controversy he created with his comments, Humphrey told one follower that Ole Miss is still his top choice.
Is ole miss your leader? — Yes http://t.co/B35EcSlZr4
— Tyga Sims lll (@marlon_humphrey) June 25, 2013
Ole Miss locked down one of the top recruiting classes in the country for the class of 2013 earlier this year, so it’s no surprise Humphrey has them as one of his top choices. He later issued what sounded like a more authentic apology.
“This tweet is to the Ole Miss Coaching Staff and the Ole Miss Family,” he wrote. “I have not been on your campus as a recruit. I have not felt any racism from anyone on your campus. I am sorry for misleading anyone in thinking that there is any racism coming from the Ole Miss family.”
If Humphrey ends up with the Rebels, he will have to hope the fans forget his tirade. He even acknowledged that he has gotten himself into trouble on Twitter without writing anything “bad,” but Humphrey should know that there’s a difference between tweeting “bad” stuff and calling unnecessary attention to yourself. Perhaps this experience has helped make that a bit more clear.
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