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Georgia Tech Fans Cross the Line in Mocking of Aaron Murray


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There’s a well-known rivalry in the state of Georgia called “Clean Old Fashioned Hate”. It’s the football rivalry between Georgia Tech and Georgia, and normally there are no holds barred when it comes to the lambasting of the enemy, be it on social media, T-shirts or any other way of expressing hatred for the other side.

But there is a line, and sadly, some Georgia Tech fans crossed that line this week.

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray was playing in his final home game this past Saturday, and what was supposed to be a celebration of his storied career at Georgia turned out to be a disaster.

Late in the second quarter, Murray was injured and had to be helped off the field. After an MRI on Sunday, it was revealed that he had torn his left ACL, and would be unable to play in both the game against Georgia Tech, as well as in whatever bowl game the Bulldogs end up. Not having to face Murray may indeed be a blessing for the Jackets, but when fans celebrate a young man’s injury, that shows a complete lack of class.

And that’s exactly what happened. Georgia Tech fans, in public forums, were openly making fun of Murray’s injury and mocking him – even to the point of wishing further harm to him and his career. And we aren’t talking just saying “ha ha..too bad Murray” either. These comments were just venomous, gutless and totally uncalled for. A callous and cruel attack on a fine young football player.

Shame on you Tech fans, you’re supposed to be bigger than them.

This was first brought to my attention in an article from SB Nation’s Dawg Sports. After reading this I thought that it had to be just a one-off message board. A rogue element of Georgia Tech fans that had simply partaken in far too many libations after the Jackets’ blowout of Alabama A&M.

So I looked around Twitter and some other message boards, and what I found was just as appalling.

From: Beestorm (in response to the SB Nation article)

nothing in the world outside of conyers makes me happier than to see stuff like this. did she mention our laughing at munsons death too? I kind of zoned out while reading it.. uga journalism at its best

From: Southendzonebee

I hate Aaron Murray. Nothing makes me happier than seeing Murray hurt himself in his final game at Sanford Stadium. I wish Georgia unsafe travels and terrible luck this week. Maybe we will knock Hutson Mason out. Would be hilarious to see a young gun QB tear his ACL or something worse in his first game as starter.

From: JTS1207

Hoping more for a horrific bus accident…..

From: alagold

yep, that about calls it–what more could have we asked for(unless he got hurt in warm-ups)

There were more, some chillingly vivid. And those were in addition to the ones mentioned in the SB Nation article. Disgusting. Not to mention, a pretty poor way of bringing good karma to the game next week.

To be fair, I’ve seen some (not a lot) Tech fans wishing Murray well, or even saying that the kid is a class act and that they’d rather beat Georgia with him playing. It’s a shame there wasn’t more of those type sentiments to be found.

It’s perfectly normal and right for Tech fans to “hate” Georgia. It’s part of what makes this rivalry so fun, and the hate week leading up to the game is a big part of it. But wishing injury to another young person, no matter what school he attends or how many times he’s crushed the dreams of your team, is beyond comprehension.

Georgia Tech is known for high standards – in academics, in athletics and in the type of adults sent out into the world to represent the school with pride and class. This type of poorly thought out smack-talk only drags that reputation down and gives little credence to the way that Georgia Tech students and alumni are supposed to hold their heads high.

Do not hate to the point that you become what you loathed. Keep yourselves above the fray, and show the type of class and sportsmanship that Georgia Tech and the ACC are known for, and don’t let your humanity become compromised simply because of a football rivalry. Remember, it’s CLEAN old fashioned hate.

From all of us at YellowJackedUp.com, we wish Aaron Murray a speedy recovery, and hope that this injury doesn’t halt his dream of playing in the NFL.

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  • Scott

    You have clearly never seen a UGA Twitter feed or message board. Not saying it’s right but certainly more justified when you read how UGA fans talk trash NON STOP. Especially when the Tech folks are in the crosshairs.

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  • Nick Voss

    Michael Collins, why so sensitive? Suck it up and be a man. If you don’t like something you read on a tech forum, which was 100% out of jest btw, simply leave the site. Don’t b*tch and moan like a little girl.

    • Michael Collins

      Because some things, even said in jest, are over the line. It doesn’t matter who says them.

  • coit

    Keep in mind that Collins is a UGA grad. He only writes here to make a quick buck.

    • JASON

      IT’S MIND BLOWING THAT YOU, MR. COLLINS, CAN BE SO BEREFT OF THE GA TORMENT TO US AND OTHERS FOR YEARS. THIS FAN BASE CHANTED “KATRINA” TO THE LSU FAITHFUL, IN WAKE OF ONE OF THE WORST NATURAL DISASTERS TO STRIKE AMERICA. AND YOU SAY WE CROSSED A LINE? AND NOT TO MENTION THE PUTRID THINGS THAT WERE SAID ABOUT THE TIM TEBOW ERA AND EVEN AFTER HE MOVED ON. THAT’S JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG TOO! I’M A DIE HARD GA TECH FAN, AND I TRULY HATE TO SEE AARON MURRAY END HIS CAREER AT UGA LIKE THIS. BUT THIS TYPE OF TALK IS EXACTLY WHAT THAT GROUP OF FANS DESERVES. KARMA HAS CAUGHT UP TO THEM, AND IT’S ABOUT TIME!

      GO JACKETS!!!
      TO HELL WITH UGA

      • coit

        It is the UGA way. They are the only team that ever has to play with key injuries. They are the only team that gets bad calls from the Refs, etc., etc.

        • JASON

          YEAH IN 2008 THEY SAID TO ME THAT IF IT WASNT RAINING THEY WOULD’VE BEATEN US!! CAUSE IT WAS ONLY RAINING ON THEIR SIDE OF THE FIELD RIGHT!

      • Michael Collins

        I feel if Tech fans want to torment Georgia fans, that’s fair game and always has been. But to wish physical harm to a player, or to mock an injury as serious as this is without class. That’s just dipping down to the level of poor taste exhibited by UGA fans for so long.

    • Michael Collins

      Anything worth doing is worth doing for money (not that I make much of anything doing this). You seem fixated on the fact that someone who went to UGA can actually speak objectively about Tech. You make your comments without having read all the glowing things I’ve written about Tech in football, basketball, tennis and other sports this year. Keep an open mind and just be happy that there is another quality place to find material about your teams.

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