Losing is not fun for anyone involved, but it’s always sad to see it bring out the absolute worst in people. Tonight, the Ohio State Buckeyes lost to Clemson in an Orange Bowl Shootout, 40-35 at Sun Life Stadium, and of course, OSU fans were devastated. Quarterback Braxton Miller admitted that he was scared to see how they would react to him after he threw the game-sealing interception, saying the first thought that crossed through his mind after it was “everyone is going to hate me.”
One player who already has been seeing some vicious reactions is Bradley Roby, the star defensive back who missed the game because of injury. He had been rehabbing hard for weeks trying to get himself game-ready, but ultimately his body wouldn’t allow him to join his teammates on the field. But many fans took to Twitter to send hateful messages to Roby questioning his heart and insinuating he sat to protect his NFL Draft stock, as if he didn’t want to help his team (Note: we only included PG-rated tweets):
@BradRoby_1 well at least now I know why you bailed on your team! You wanted no part of Watkins!
— Rob Arnold (@zips09) January 4, 2014
I hope @BradRoby_1 goes undrafted and only gets to play in the cfl
— Brent Bryner (@CallMeBreezy) January 4, 2014
— Jordan Potts (@PottsAndPans23) January 4, 2014
— Guinio Volpone (@gvolpone) January 4, 2014
@BradRoby_1 if you can honestly can look in the mirror tonight and say you couldnt play then fine but if you were afraid of Watkins then wow
— Tyler Schermer (@TylerSchermer1) January 4, 2014
I hope quitting on your team helps your NFL stock @BradRoby_1
— Ohio State Problems (@OhioStProblems) January 4, 2014
— WKNR Fire Goldhammer (@FireGoldhammer) January 4, 2014
@BradRoby_1 you are gonna get smashed in the NFL…if you dont get hurt in preseason lmao
— Anthony Wise (@Anthony6wise) January 4, 2014
@BradRoby_1 Be honest man u played the big ten champ with the knee and then u don’t play to save ur money value. Bet it NC champ u play?
— Chaz Williamson (@ChazWilliamson) January 4, 2014
Roby was fed up with seeing the tweets in his feed, and responded to fans after the game, indicating that he was “ashamed” to play for some of them:
It’s hard to fault Roby for feeling the way he does — we’ve seen fans cross the line time and time again by going after players on Twitter, forgetting that these are young men who give their heart and soul to the teams and programs that they play for, and that they really do try their best to succeed. It’s sad to see an athlete become a victim of the people that are supposed to be his biggest supporters, and once again, this needs to stop. After all, football is ultimately just a game.