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Clemson fans are so classy......
Top overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) received everything from hate mail to death threats following his decommitment from Clemson in November. So did Ricky Seals-Jones (Sealy, Texas/Sealy) when he chose to part ways with Texas in June.
"When I decommitted, it was crazy," Seals-Jones told ESPN.com in July. "I got death threats on Twitter. A couple cars in my neighborhood we didn't know would drive by the house real slow. I live in the country, so the cars that do drive by, you know who's in them. I guess for some people, it's that serious."
It's not rare for these kids, who receive such attention for their athletic abilities, to -- like any other kid -- question themselves.
But rarely do people look at these 17-year-olds and compare them to teenagers they know personally. Those juniors and seniors in high school might cheat on exams or drink underage, choices that when considered objectively might be worse than a kid who changes his mind about where he'll spend the next three or four years.
But the anonymous Internet bullies don't care. Behind the mask of avatars and usernames, all is fair under the First Amendment.
When Nkemdiche decommitted, he was called everything from a prima donna and mama's boy to curse words and racial slurs. Some fans even suggested he was receiving money from different colleges.
Finally he stopped reading the Facebook messages (they number somewhere in the thousands) and ultimately deactivated his Twitter account.
"It was just too much," Nkemdiche said. "There was always something going on, and I could not say anything without getting misquoted. People took whatever I said and would twist it around, and it got too crazy for me."
The college decision is difficult for nearly every recruit. There are factors to weigh, coaches to...
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Lefty at Rosewood Crawfish Festival 4:30-5:30 @leftymusic @grookster @beng803
Hate mail? Did the stamp smell like Natural Light? Were there flakes of cheap gold paint in the envelope?
George Strait-Entertainer of a Lifetime
Clemson fans blaiming other schools for paying the kid money
Yeah that annoys me more than anything. They got all these 5 star guys a couple years ago from fla and other states yet they think Dabo is 100% clean.
If Ole Miss is dirty then Clemson is dirty too.
No way in hell he got death threats.
Did you read the article?
Ally will beat the crap out of Uga.
Surely you're not suggesting that Clemson Tom was behind some this are you?
I gotta agree with Tacos here. While Rolin might not have gotten any death threats, he still got harassed like crazy when he decommited.
It was a bad showing by our fanbase too.
if somebody called this guy a prima donna, that aint threatening, thats just telling the truth
the guy loved up on twitter when he was commiting here flirting there surprise people get ticked off
nobody forced him on twitter. i dont care. you reap what you sow.
All of these guys can receive as little attention as they want for the most part.
When I was younger, I had a bumper sticker that said, "If I owned Hell & Clemson, I would rent out Clemson and live in Hell"
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