The image above caused quite the stir across not just the Big Blue Nation, but the world of college basketball. On the receiving end of a five-dollar ass-whoopin’, Monk was caught on camera smiling.
It turns out, he was smiling because the Florida student section was serenading him with “Happy Birthday” on his 19th birthday, a rare funny moment from a modern college student section. Still, Monk apologized for cracking a grin earlier today.
Seen as a classy move by some, T. Beckett Adams of the Washington Examiner can not believe he had to apologize. In an article titled, “Congratulations, Internet. You just shamed a college athlete into apologizing for laughing during a game,” Adams goes in on the haters.
“This is the age of the Internet. People enjoy being angry for no apparent reason, and they’ll jump at the chance to dogpile a guy. Social media users and sports blogs went nuts over the optics of Monk smiling as his team lost to Florida.”
After providing an accurate description of internet commenters, he departs with a gratifying conclusion.
You pressured an apology from the birthday boy. You really saved the day on this one. You haven’t come through in a clutch moment like this since the time you forced a tearful apology from a space scientistbecause he wore a “problematic” shirt.
Humanity owes you a debt of gratitude, angry Internet person.”