The above post appeared on the Twitter feed of one Tony Wroten, Jr. late last night. The future University of Washington basketball player was reacting to a story by prep sports reporter Mason Kelley in The Seattle Times. The article investigated an academic cheating scandal involving Wroten and others at Seattle’s Garfield High School.
You know, it wouldn’t be a story if Wroten’s name wasn’t it. This, according to Wroten.
I’ve spoken with a number of people in and out of local media who all say the same things about this kid: great basketball talent, crap personality. That bugs the sh*t out of me. I certainly hope that Lorenzo Romar can coach the attitude out of his soon-to-be point guard. But until then, we’ll have to keep putting up with garbage like this, trashing the efforts of others and failing to own up to mistakes.
Hey, Tony: be a f**king man. If you screw up, admit to it and let it go. Society has sympathy for contrite screw-ups. They have nothing but venom for cocky pricks that point the finger the other way. It is what it is. You’re talented enough from an athletic standpoint that you’ll learn this one way or the other, the easy way or the hard way. My hope is that you correct your course before the hard way becomes the national stage and an embarrassment for the purple-and-gold.
In Wroten’s defense, the post in question was deleted from his feed shortly after appearing, but not before a number of people were able to get a hold of it. In addition, because Wroten used a third-party service to extend the post past Twitter’s 140-character limit, it still currently resides at this address.
Props to Mason Kelley for doing his job the right way, diligently, honestly, and without subjectivity. True reporter in an era where there are few left. Good work.