When Kevin Knox announced his commitment to Kentucky on Twitter, fans from his other top schools attacked him on Twitter.
Of the thousand comments of under Knox’s tweet that he was heading to Kentucky, many claimed he received payments for his decision, others hoped he would be injured or would fail.
“One minute they’re saying come to my school and the next minute they’re saying … they hate you,” Knox told The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.
How much money you get paid ?
— Jimmy D HarrisðŸðŸ€ðŸ (@TARHEELHARRIS) May 6, 2017
How many duffle bags full of cash does it take for @kevin_knox23 to commit to UK???
— Jon Ramirez (@JonRamirez) May 7, 2017
You just ruined your career ðŸ˜ðŸ˜ðŸ˜‚ðŸ˜‚
— Kyle Satterwhite (@kylesatt_) May 6, 2017
What a joke!!! Another corrupt player to a corrupt program???
— Rob Abrahamson (@tarheels0000) May 7, 2017
Knox’s mother, who monitored the negative attention her son received on social media, said one person went too far and tweeted that he wish Knox would die.
“It was kind of really hard to read because not only were they negative, but you had death threats and people wishing harm to your child,” she said. “It’s very disheartening because you realize people are really selfish and mean.”
Michelle Knox is a social worker who works with at-risk children and says she sees the effects of cyber-bullying can have on children.
“Kids who are not strong mentally, that stuff can really affect them,” she said. “It’s harsh things like that, that are ridiculous.”
Knox’s parents have used this as a learning experience for their son. They told him to “make the decision that makes God proud and your parents proud” and know what will make everyone else happy.
So yet again, here is your reminder to NOT tweet things at recruits after they don’t pick Kentucky unless it is something nice.
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