Just when you thought it was safe to go on Twitter, out comes Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke like a catankerous old man to shut down any fun some media members were having at his expense.
What is wrong with having a little fun, anyway–other than, well, it was a slow news day? Gotta be careful what you say in positions of power these days, kids, cause everything you say and do can be retweeted and favorited thousands of times by the time you blink an eyelash.
And apparently, a few people are not havin the conversation between a few KSL journos and Burke on Monday July 21, thinkin maybe the writers crossed the line and lost they damned minds.
Sure, Burke kind of brought on the Twitter attention himself last year mocking a handicapped kid and showing off pictures of his–er, uh, P, P–but this had nothing to do with a kid making a few bad decisions in life and maybe, just possibly, struggling to master pro basketball. Lessons be learned on both accounts, dawg.
Lest one be too quick to judge a person on what they do off the court of public opinion though, it wasn’t Burke this time who crossed the proverbial line.
This time, it was Jazzy fan blogger turned journo wannabe Andy Larsen who in his bifocals and sweater vest ensemble went all sarcastic editor on Twitter, making fun of Burke’s highlight video from last year.
“A highlight video of Trey Burke’s 2014-15 season exists!” exulted Larsen from his precipice high above the clouds of Saint Lake City, up where angels in flowing white gowns strum their harps and sing heavenly carols.
To which KSL-TV reporter Jeremiah Jensen replied, “Is it a Vine?”–to which KSL cohort Andy Bailey said, “Ouch.” At least one guy knew better than to get into this mess, which culminated when Salt City Hoops blogger Aaron Hefner threw in his two cents to get his followers up to at least 334 at last count.
Well, minus the one female who gave dude a taste of his own medicine, telling the snarky Hef wannabe to go, um, yeah. “@Aheffy can’t wait for your highlight video to come out…I hope all your 334 follows favorite it….oops 333,” @sinaedjazzgal tweeted rather snarkily.
In hindsight, Hefner, who might be related to Hugh of um, yeah–or not–thought better of his remarks. Or not. Sorry not sorry, replied Hefner to all of his haters. “I hope Trey Burke uses the things he reads on Twitter as motivation to improve. I really want him to make it, but he has a long ways (sic) to go,” tweeted Hefner.
After all of this ill-meaning chitchat, Burke finally responded to it all in a rather succinct way, becoming in a few keystrokes of his cell phone the talisman and elder statesman of the group. “@andyblarsen @AHeffy @jjsportsbeat @AndrewDBailey grown men havin fun huh! I thought of you “men” day in and out but that’s dead lol,” the Jazz guard tweeted back.
Then Burke added, “Gotta watch them ppl lol ! Will smile in YA face asking questions tho like they your bestfriend #backwardsliving.” Dagger buried, damage done–for once in the right manner by Burke.
Jazz beat reporter Jody Genessy then had some wise words for the snarky, young cub reporters–and one foolish veteran–who all should’ve know better than to stir up a hornet’s nest in the first place.
Is Burke accountable to Utah? Certainly it’s debatable as a player, but as Genessy pointed out, you should always watch what you say about the player because he is a person.
“A valuable lesson for young journalists: Athletes can read Twitter, too,” Genessy tweeted back, thus ending the conversation with the series of tweets and starting a new one with this new, daring generation of journos and bloggers noodling about in this brave new world of social media.