STORRS – In this new-age of media, the lines of communication between player and fan is wide open. With that comes some responsibility and danger.
Tyler Olander had seen enough negativity out there in social media and he lashed back, calling out UConn fans as fair weather-ish in a tweet he later deleted. Of course, it caused a stir “out there.”
He didn’t back down on the sentiments, though.
“When things are going good, a lot of people want to be like, ‘yeah, go UConn,'” he said. “When things are going bad, they just want to kick you when you’re down.. … It’s frustrating.”
Olander is not the only player who has been hit by snarky tweets, from UConn fans, fans of other teams, in some cases fellow students. Most of the players have twitter accounts, some using them for personal messages, some tweeting inspirational messages that are ridiculed after losses.
“People say negative things about our heart,” Olander said. “When we lose, we take it harder than anybody who may say something about us. … It’s tempting not to respond, but you want to respond when people say negative things about you.”
Of course, a famous person, athlete or no, is probably better off not responding. It’s usually not an exchange one can win. Just my opinion.