Vaught’s Note: Janet Overstreet is a long-time UK basketball fan and grew up playing pick-up basketball with the boys because there was no girls basketball. She went to three UK games this year, including Senior Night, has already checked on 2018 NCAA sites and watched future Cats play in the McDonald’s All-American Game Wednesday. I asked her to share a Twitter experience she had this week — and she agreed.
By JANET OVERSTREET
Many of you are like me and enjoy being on social media to interact with others, especially about our UK sports teams.
I think we are all in agreement that the last men’s basketball game had some very questionable calls from maybe one specific referee. Several fans of the BBN were either angry enough or emotional enough after the loss to take matters into their own hands and made calls to this particular referee’s business leaving messages and also left unflattering reviews on his Facebook page.
It could be said that some fans took it a little too far with their messaging. Let me just say, if there were threats or inappropriate harassment, then I cannot condone or agree with those type activites.
So when ESPN sports analyst Jay Bilas made a comment on Twitter (“We can all complain over bad calls, but this is wrong. Threatening behavior toward officials should be condemned.”), naturally I took to Twitter to respond.
My tweet was “I don’t condone or agree with this type of behavior. However, it was more than ‘bad calls’ that lead to the outrage.”
His reply back was “Whatever you are talking about, it is no excuse. This type of behavior should be condemned. Period.”
Since he has a lot more Twitter followers than me, I started getting all kinds of tweets from his followers, especially those who are specifically not UK fans. Even though I had went further to say, not as an excuse but just to try and explain some of the emotion, that we have a disputable and controversial history with this referee and felt he would not be fair. His calls in the game followed that same pattern.
However, most of those on Twitter that chose to comment didn’t care the reason. They just wanted to gloat because they felt I was being put in my place by this sports analyst or they wanted to offer biting comments about the perceived excuse I was offering.
This was not a pleasant Twitter experience for me. However, I will not let it deter me in the future if I have something to say. I did learn this — if you are going to comment on a social media site you should choose your words very carefully.