Ravens Offensive Tackle, Michael Oher launched a Twitter attack on ESPN Draft Analyst Todd McShay about his criticism of players due to character issues.
This is what he said:
Ok [I’m] so tired of the Character issues they are puttiing on [people]!” Oher posted on his Twitter account Tuesday. “What Character issues?!? Somebody tell me? . . . I never got in trouble with the Law . . . yes sir no sir guy . . . But this Todd Mcshay guy acts if he knows [people] on a personal level get real!”
“What if someone was to talk about your son . . . and he had character issues!!,” Oher tweeted. “Thats how my family felt. You need to meet [people] first and then judge them not go off what you hear!! . . . And I respect Mel Kiper way more then I respect you…[you’re] a joke!!”
McShay has yet to respond.
I not a huge fan of Tweeting information. The computer and the Internet has a way of depersonalizing information and allows people to make comments that they never would in person. It is however the way we communicate and I’m as tuned into social media as the next person and use it frequently as well.I know that it’s here to stay. I just think it’s negative aspect of human interaction- or lack thereof.
Todd McShay is a analyst who is paid to give his opinion on players. I think Oher is speaking more about McShay making personal comments about people when he has no personal knowledge about them and he may have a point. You can report something from a coach, opponent, or family member but unless you’ve sat down and met with that person you don’t really know much about them.
Perception is reality and for fans who hunger to get the latest news on their draft choices it can portray people in an unfair way.
I’ll be very interested to see how McShay responds.