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Bank On It: What Cardale Jones’ Tweets Tell Us About Society

Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones took to Twitter recently addressing the heavy issues of police brutality and racism in this country.

A couple days ago Jones tweeted the following:

“Why is it that the only ones getting beaten, killed when unarmed, & mysteriously dying in custody are African American? You tell me that #AllLivesMatter well I say how do you define “All”?”

A Buckeyes fan replied “worry about getting us fans another championship….stay out of this bulls–t. #GoBucks”

Jones reply to this also set some people off, while others viewed it as a perfect comeback.

 “@DanGustafson1 Sorry Mr master, I aints allow to tweet nothing but foolsball stuff I donts want you think I more than a foots ball playa sir”

I have no problem with anything Jones said. His generation takes to Twitter to comment on many issues. Some of which are very powerful while others can be absolutely ridiculous. Social media has created an environment in which people can voice their opinions or flex their muscles in an open forum when they otherwise may not have the opportunity.

We are falling into a trap as a society. People are so afraid of stepping on each other’s toes. We have become so politically correct that it’s limiting the capacity of our future generations. Some issues we face as a society are tough. They don’t have answers that satisfy every age, race, sexual orientation or creed.

College is a time where we find out who we really are. So when a young man like Jones feels strongly on a subject to the point that he wants to speak on it, why isn’t he allowed to voice it?

Is it because he’s an athlete?

So because he can run and throw a ball he can’t speak on a serious topic?

What kind of message does that send to our young people?

 In my opinion, Jones’ comments aren’t the problem, but the person who replied with the snarky comment is. It isn’t Jones’ duty as a collegiate athlete to do the bidding of the fans. Fans have such a vested interest in these contests they feel like they are a bigger than they actually are. Just because you put on your scarlet and gray every Saturday with your cute little buckeye necklace doesn’t give you coaching power.

Jones’ isn’t misrepresenting the university. He simply has an opinion. He’s not putting down the coaching staff, sexually assaulting women, or taking fake classes just to play football. It seems counter-productive to say that we want our college kids to become educated and get involved in causes that move them, but strike them down when it doesn’t go with a certain agenda.

From my perspective I don’t think that all white cops are out to get black people. Sometimes it seems that way with all the media attention that funnels in that direction.

Are we naive enough to think that 100% of questionable police incidents happen to black people?

What about incidents that happen to other unarmed people?

Have you heard the name Zambrano-Montes?

What about the name Dillon Taylor?

Obviously, I don’t know what it’s like to walk in an African-American’s shoes. I will never be able to fully understand the plight and discrimination they have faced. However, that does not stop me from being able to understand their feelings of continued discrimination. If you think it doesn’t exist I simply ask you go around the country and visit different states. In some places you can sense the tension in the air.

I’m happy that Jones has the stones to talk about these subjects when he has a strong opinion about them. I’m also in support of the opposing side if they feel strongly about it. We have strayed away from debate and agreeing to disagree. We jump to conclusions too quickly now. We assume someone is uneducated, ignorant, or racist for having different views. I know many will discredit my opinion on this subject simply because I’m white. That’s fine, I can take it. But, if that’s all you take away from this then you are missing the point.

The only travesty in these situations, is when people keep their mouths closed about these topics. You can’t continue to ignore them and hope they resolve themselves one day. Discussing them openly allows for progress. Silence allows history to repeat itself.

Picture from: USA TODAY Sports



Matt Banks

Matt Banks

Senior Writer at Sports Grumble/Riverfront City Sports
Matt is a passionate sports fan. He is a Dallas Cowboys, University of Kentucky, and Boston Celtics fanatic. Very opinionated and willing to explore any topic. He also coaches Basketball for Miami Middletown University in Ohio. He is a Cerebral Palsy advocate who wants to inform and spread awareness about CP.
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