Ah, good ol' Penn State fans. They're the Alabama fans of the Big Ten, without all the football dominance in recent years.
Penn Live reporter Anna Orso was reporting on State Patty's Day, an event described as “‘rootinest, tootinest, shootinest’ binge-drinking extravaganza" in the Happy Valley region. While on duty, she noticed Penn State back-up quarterback Michael O'Connor stumble
out of a bar down the street and then bash James Franklin:
I just saw Michael O'Connor and Antoine White walking down Beaver Ave. O'Connor could hardly stand, fell into the street, was almost hit.— Anna Orso (@anna_orso) March 1, 2014
When White told O'Connor to calm down so coach doesn't find out, he responded "Franklin doesn't know sh--."— Anna Orso (@anna_orso) March 1, 2014
So there you go, a simple report on a crunk student-athlete during the rootinest, tootinest, shootinest binge-drinking extravaganza in Happy Valley. Probably not the best look for O'Connor, but it's not as if it's a death knell to his career.
According to Poynter, players tweeted at Ms. Orso "demanding" she delete the tweet and even called her three times. Those players (ironically) deleted the tweets, but here's sophomore cornerback Jordan Lucas:
@anna_orso lmao you are corny for that... Get a life— Jordan #Dropp Lucas (@_JLucas9) March 2, 2014
Penn State fans, well, they reacted with their grace that's become their hallmark in recent years:
@anna_orso Invasion of privacy here. Not cool. You should be ashamed of yourself.— Jennifer B (@JenB_in_PA) March 1, 2014
Jennifer, I don't think "invasion of privacy" means what you think it does.
.@anna_orso I hate to sound like a thug on Twitter, but you should probably get hit by a car for tweeting this— Ross Silver (@rsilver_22) March 1, 2014
Ross, it's literally impossible to sound like a thug on Twitter, because thugs don't hang out on Twitter.
Jimmy Koury, a man with 234 followers, is accusing a reporter, who reported on college kids who played for the school's famous football team, of being desperate for followers. I wonder what Jimmy's employer, RSR Realtors (which is poetically listed in Jimmy's bio) would think of such a tweet?
Here is an insight into a man (it's always a man) who runs a parody account based on... Penn State's head basketball coach, Pat Chambers. (People wonder why I hate parody accounts.)
And in case you think Poynter or I just cherry-picked these Tweets, you're welcome to wade into the cesspool and see for yourself.