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USA Today‘s Social Justice Bullying

Kyler Murray, Heisman trophy winner and media hate criminal (Debby Wong/Shutterstock)

Mere hours after Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, 21, won the Heisman Trophy, the Social Justice Keyboard Warriors at USA Today (among other journalism outlets) tried to ruin the college star’s big night by reporting that as a boy of 14 and 15, he sent “homophobic” tweets:

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray had a Saturday to remember. 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. Four offensive tweets remained active on his account late Saturday night but were eventually deleted by Sunday morning — when Murray apologized for his insensitive language in a tweet.

I hope you’re sitting down and bracing yourself, because I’m going to reveal the eyeball-scorching, heart-stopping tweet by a ninth-grade boy that made national news:

This is correct:


What kind of sick SOBs do you have to be to decide that a high school kid’s ill-advised tweets are national news? There is a reason normal people hate journalists. And look, you whatabouters, if 15-year-old Murray had tweeted a casual insult of people just like me, I would feel exactly the same way. He was a kid! Show some mercy.

This is why parents ought to keep their kids off social media for as long as they can: because in the future, there will always be sick SOBs in the media and among activists who use their kids’ social media statements to try to hurt them when they are older. You put the search term “Kyler Murray” into Google News now, and what comes up first are not stories about him winning the Heisman, but about apologizing for a six-year-old tweet.


about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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