Last week, 5-star linebacker Rashaan Evans signed with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Evans attends Auburn High School in Auburn, Alabama and many Auburn Tigers’ fans thought they had the 6’3, 220-pounder locked up. In fact, the team’s official website even put up Evans’ bio before quickly removing it.
Evans’ decision has made many Tigers’ fans upset and Evans confirmed that Monday, telling Rivals.com “Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there.”
That’s absolutely sickening. Evans’ family obviously agrees because his father, Alan Evans, is firing back.
“I understand that people in this state take football very seriously and that’s part of what makes it exciting, but when you start trying to hurt other people because of this game, you need to take a step back and think about what’s going on,” Evans told Matt Scalici of AL.com. “I guess the thing I would ask most of the people writing these hurtful things is how would you feel if this were your child? Why do you feel the need to heap all this negativity onto a young man who is just beginning his life? I think if people asked themselves those questions, they might think twice before writing some of these things they’ve written. You can do a lot of harm with the words you put out there and I hope people think about that.”
You’d think beating the Tide on the field this season would have been enough for Tigers’ fans.
Obviously that isn’t the case.