We have all said things when we were younger that we likely wish we could take back.
That’s part of growing up is changing the bad things about you and trying not to do those things again.
When you are younger, sometimes you just don’t know what is something that might not be a good idea to say until you say it; kind of like not knowing what you don’t know until you know that you don’t know it.
Anyway, people make silly and stupid mistakes when they are younger it certainly does not mean that they should be held in contempt for the rest of their lives for it. There are countless people that have made mistakes in their teens that have later gone on to become productive members of society.
That being said, there is a threshold and tolerance for going back and calling someone out for saying something stupid. If someone is sixty and they said something questionable then they were forty five, then it might be worth it to dig a little deeper to see if they feel the same way and if those feeling might impact an organization.
If someone wasn’t old enough to get into an R-Rated movie by themselves and says something stupid, in my opinion at least that is well beyond the threshold of being allowable in terms of bringing someone’s character into question because in your teens you aren’t fully developed in terms of character.
H/T Daily Wire:
University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, 21, won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in what was most likely one of the greatest — if not the greatest — moment of his life.
Enter USA Today blogger Scott Gleeson, who covers “social issues through a sports lens.”
Shortly after Murray won the Heisman, Gleeson wrote an article highlighting a couple of things that Murray tweeted from when he was 15-years-old:
But the Oklahoma quarterback’s memorable night also helped resurface social media’s memory of several homophobic tweets more than six years old.
When Murray was 15 years old, he tweeted at his friends (via his since-verified Twitter account) using an anti-gay slur to defame them.
Gleeson embarrassingly included this line in his piece:
The Oklahoma athletics department did not immediately respond to an inquiry by USA TODAY Sports regarding the tweets late Saturday night.
Gleeson thought that OU’s athletic department was going to respond to him late on Saturday night as they were celebrating one of their athletes winning the Heisman Trophy.
Murray apologized for his tweets, writing: “I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15. I used a poor choice of word that doesn’t reflect who I am or what I believe. I did not intend to single out any individual or group.”
The best part about the absurd USA Today piece was the widespread scorn, mockery, and backlash it invoked on social media. Here are some of the highlights (Warning: some of the tweets contain profanity):