Twitter can be a great place. It’s probably the only place in the world where you can heckle or harass famous people/athletes, and be sure that they’ll get the message. It’s especially fun to jab at a rival during the lead-up to a big game, as many Ohio players and fans have been doing back and forth with Akron players and fans this week.
However, Monday evening things may have taken a more serious turn when Akron fan Cory O’Connor tweeted at Ohio’s star guard DJ Cooper.
According to O’Connor, Cooper responded with a direct message saying:
Better chill before you come up missing. Bitch. Or don’t have me guck your girl
Note: Yes, “guck” is correct.
He originally tweeted the following tweet as his proof of the message, but for obvious reasons it was called out by OU and Akron fans alike:
Even Cooper publicly denied the alleged message, tweeting:
With many people still skeptical, O’Connor sent out the following video to prove the existence of the tweet:
While it would take an expert in digital forensics to prove that the video was unequivocally real, for now it’s pretty startling evidence.
Cooper, who is known for being a fiery and emotional player, certainly isn’t the most loved player by opponents’ fans. And at first glance, the message fits his profile quite well, whether it be the wording or the attitude. Regardless, the message is quite disturbing coming from a high profile player who’s supposed to be his team’s leader. For now, Cooper has chosen to deny the allegations, but we’ll see what he says in response to the video.
As far as O’Connor goes, he doesn’t think much of it when asked if he felt threatened, saying “Yes and no. Obviously it’s an empty promise. (But) it was more of a laugh than anything, ya know?”
Guess you can file this one as just one more chapter in the ongoing hatred between the two teams and their fans.