Truth be told, I am overstating the obvious. Today's world has morphed into one of instant gratification and being the first one to find the spotlight. The days of watching a tape delayed basketball game or finding out the NHL results by reading the paper the next day are over. That's a good thing. Waiting until the 10 PM edition of SportsCenter to see if our local teams won became an annoyance.
Everyone today now has a voice. If people respect or follow that person, comments are immediately spread like wildfire. We now have our most recent example of this coming into play. Tate Martell, a highly-regarded QB prospect in high school verbally committed to Texas A&M. Recently, Martell decided to de-commit and open up the recruiting process again. Shortly after making this announcement, A&M's WR coach took to Twitter to talk about loyalty:
"I feel sorry for ppl who never understand loyalty. I can't really even vibe with u. At the end of the day trust is 100 & everything else is BS."
Martell continued to send tweets about the situation, not backing down from his initial sentiment.
In this situation, people have taken both sides of the coin. Some believe that students need to stay true to their word. Others say if coaches come and go, why can't players? How much worth is there to a verbal commitment years before actually taking the field?
Then the following day, in true damage control style, he released the following tweet:
However, the overall moral of the story is to stop before you send. Since making the tweets, Texas A&M has lost more recruits. It's okay to have strong convictions about your team and loyalty. But you need to know how impactful your words are to other players. Consider the ramifications.
And in life, your beliefs may not mirror the beliefs of others. Take a breath before you click that send button.
Thanks to ESPN for the story.