Earlier this afternoon, Chicago native (and five-star recruit) Cliff Alexander announced his decision to play for the Kansas Jayhawks instead of his hometown Illinois Fighting Illini. The move alone was probably enough to upset much of the school’s fan base, but the way he made his selection – by first picking up the Illinois hat before putting it down – has outraged Illini supporters.
They’re going after him on Twitter pretty hardcore – these aren’t even some of the worst tweets we’ve seen directed his way.
@humblekid11 is my new most disliked college athlete. What a dbag move.
— Willy Knox (@yrock7) November 15, 2013
— Nick (@Nick_Milller) November 15, 2013
— Ashton Cripe (@AshtonCripe) November 15, 2013
Picking up the Kansas hat is fine, but pretending to pick the Illinois hat first to be funny? Lost a lot of respect for you @humblekid11
— Spirit Humpnyk (@90shiphopdancer) November 15, 2013
@humblekid11 Humble kid. What a joke. Absolutely classless.
— Jeremy Clark (@clarkj79) November 15, 2013
— kevin miller (@onekevinmiller) November 15, 2013
@humblekid11 you are a low character guy for that move in your announcement. You have no class. Time to grow up moron
— jim mcdermott (@jimmymac324) November 15, 2013
Have some class @humblekid11 ..might wanna change your twitter name to cocky deceiving prick
— Sledge (@mattcarl3) November 15, 2013
@humblekid11 no respect for the way you handled that.
— Eric Kuhns (@EricrunsFar) November 15, 2013
Classless, just classless @humblekid11 feel bad for Groce and staff
— Justin Roberson (@Jstn478) November 15, 2013
@humblekid11 was a fan until you pulled that shit
— Jack Ahern (@JackAhern1) November 15, 2013
— Reese (@itsreese11) November 15, 2013
@humblekid11 way to lose all fans from your hometown state, YOU STUPID…
— brennan huff (@brennanjhuff) November 15, 2013
— Matt k (@krampy) November 15, 2013
It’s an interesting situation, because much of the Twitter hate we see on college athletes relates to criticism of their on-field play, which is pretty unfair.
This time around, the player himself actually trolled the fan base first. What do you think – is it fair or foul for fans to blast him on Twitter?