Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden isn’t the first college athlete to make the mistake of airing his frustration on Twitter when it should’ve been kept in house. It happens all the time because we’re talking about young people who have grown up with social media.
In Bowden’s case, he seemed to have a problem with his lack of playing time in Kentucky’s game at Southern Miss, the first of his career. You can see those tweets here.
Mark Stoops shrugged Bowden’s tweets off by saying, “No issue. We’ll continue to manage our players. That’s what they pay me to do and we’ll be fine. Lynn’s a good kid, works hard. It’s not uncommon in general. I’ve been in a lot of places with some very, very, very talented young men and the competitive nature comes out in kids sometimes and we’ll be fine. That’s one thing about our football team now and where we’re at; we can manage things like that very easily.”
Now it’s time we see how Bowden responds after becoming an unexpected story, and he could learn from former Wildcat basketball star Josh Harrellson, who, you may remember, was in a similar situation after the Blue-White game in 2010.
Harrellson tweeted, “Just amazing to me I can’t get a good job or way to go,” after grabbing 26 rebounds in the intrasquad scrimmage. John Calipari considered kicking him off the team at the time, but kept him around with a Twitter suspension “until he’s responsible enough to handle success & failure.”
Realizing his huge mistake, Harrellson got hungrier to prove himself on the court and had a breakout season when Kentucky was desperate for a big man with Enes Kanter’s suspension. Harrellson earned All-SEC Tournament and All-NCAA Tournament East Region honors and went on to get selected in the NBA draft the following summer.
Hopefully, Bowden also learned his lesson and will turn a young mistake into fuel.