College football fans are incredibly passionate, but not always the most level-headed or rational. That helps explain, but doesn’t excuse, some of the deplorable behavior offered up by Texas A&M fans in the aftermath of Bishop Gorman quarterback Tate Martell’s decommitment from the Aggies. The worst of the lot so far? Attacks made on Martell’s younger sister, per the signal caller himself.
Without embedding Martell’s sister’s Tweets (in the interest of allowing her identity to remain private), at least one adult Texas A&M fan referred to her as a less polite word for a prostitute. To her credit, she brushed off the attack and called the man an ‘old fart.’ Good for her.
Still, the attacks on the Martell family are clearly out of line. First off, Martell didn’t owe anything to Texas A&M. Not to its coaching staff, not to its players, not to its fans. He committed to play there, but spent months interacting with the coaching staff and eventually felt less comfortable with them. It’s entirely within his right to decommit and consider other options.
If fans want to attack Martell, that’s ill advised, but their prerogative nonetheless (they’re certainly not helping any lingering chance he might reconsider and re-commit). Moving their criticisms down the line to a recruit’s family? That’s pretty horrific.
Let’s all hope that we can all learn from the latest twist in the Martell melodrama saga. Don’t tweet at recruits, and definitely don’t tweet at their family.