5-star signee Evans dealing with disgruntled Auburn fans

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Rashaan Evans lives in Auburn–and we’re not talking about Auburn, New York or Auburn Hills, MIchigan.

Evans lives in Auburn, Alabama–so when the five-star linebacker announced for Alabama on national signing day last Wednesday, it not only was one of the nation’s most shocking announcements, it has ignited quite a firestorm in his hometown. Most people thought it was a foregone conclusion that he would stay home and play for the Tigers and head coach Gus Malzahn. It was such a foregone conclusion–in most minds–that the Auburn athletic department already had punched up his bio and posted it online by the time he announced.

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Then he chose the Crimson Tide, which Auburn fans see as blasphemy. When you live in Auburn, if you pick Florida or Florida State, it’s a hindrance and if you pick Georgia, that’s a no-no. If you pick Tennessee, it’s annoying. If you pick the Crimson Tide, it is pure sacrilege to the Nth degree. You might as well have insulted someone’s mom, grandma, great grandma and throw in their great-great-great-great-great grandma from the 1700s for good measure.

And Evans is hearing it, both on social media and in person.

“It’s getting worse,” Evans told TideSports.com. “Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there. We are going to eventually start losing money. People are telling restaurants in the town not to serve us. People on Instagram are telling me how they hope I tear my ACL in game one. They will laugh when I do. They are saying my family is horrible and how they didn’t raise me right. It’s just crazy.”

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  • To be fair, Rashaan and his family made his recruitment a clown show inviting both coaching staff’s to his grandfather’s 80th bday party when it was supposed to be Gus’s final in home visit. I’m sure a lot of fans could care less that he is at bama, Yeldon,Foster,CK,Calloway,etc., all spurned Auburn and we are better without them. Most fans are upset with how he lied to our coaches and players and how his recruitment was handled. As the old saying goes, “you made your bed, now lie in it”.

    • To claim that Evans’ family deserves to suffer for their handling of his recruitment is downright moronic and juvenile. Especially when your rationale involves inviting two coaching staffs to one event and “lying” to coaches and players. Let’s face it: recruiting is a game within the game and for recruits and their families to treat it as such may be basis for being upset at them, but it is never justification to wish an ACL injury, boycott a business, etc. Pathetic.

      • Please demonstrate the “suffering” that the Evans claim. This is just a bunch of drama, that’s it. Fans will always be fans, bama fans made death threats to Cade Foster, also to Reuben Foster when he first switched to Auburn, same with Brent Calloway. No one can stop what a fan says, it’s when actions take place is when the problem occurs, ie, Updyke. If an Auburn fan ever does something to Evans physically then yes there is a problem, talk is just that. As the old saying goes, sticks and stone may break my bones but words can never hurt me.

        • Please note I’m not just pointing the finger at just Bama fans with that last post, ALL fans regardless of what team they root for act this way if a player chooses a team they don’t like.

        • Nobody says the Evans family has suffered so far. But, you said “you made your bed, now lie in it” implying that you think the Evans family deserves what people are wishing upon them. People have wished he tears his ACL and that nobody goes to his family’s business. If he tore his ACL and/or people boycotted the family business, I’d say both of those occurrences would count as “suffering” under just about anybody’s standards.
          I agree that it’s drama and nothing will likely come of it, but your statement was idiotic. If it isn’t what you meant, then you worded it poorly.

    • WHAT DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID TO ANYBODY? WHERE YOU THERE WITH HIM? I DOUBT IT. IT WAS HIS GRANDFATHERS BIRTHDAY THEY CAN INVITE ANYBODY THEY WANT TO. SABAN WINS AND GUS LOOSES FACT. LEAVE THE BOY ALONE AND GET OVER IT.

    • Surely you don’t mean to imply that the Evans family somehow deserves the treatment they are receiving from certain classless people posing to be Auburn fans. An Auburn fan who does not live by the creed is not a fan but someone posing to be one. While I will make no apologies for such people, I would never say or imply that anyone is deserving of classless behavior. In doing so, you are stooping to that level.

  • I was half-joking when I said Evans family should move from Auburn. This article is exactly why I was “half” joking and not completely joking. All schools have their rabid fans willing to do and say idiotic things, but I will go out on a limb and say that such fans are far more prevalent in Auburn and Alabama, especially when a situation, like this one, involves Auburn vs. Alabama.

    • Please note I’m not just pointing the finger at just Bama fans with that last post, ALL fans regardless of what team they root for act this way if a player chooses a team they don’t like.

      • btw, no one is boycotting the Evan’s business, I drove by there the other day and the place was packed, so until there is proof this occurs, this is more drama spun by the Evans family.

    • You are right about all teams having rabid fans. Bama and AU have went to the extremes. But I do remember not too terribly long ago a certain UGA quarterback returning home from a road trip to Columbia to find his house egged and rolled.

      • Oh yeah, I am aware of that embarrassing incident, as well. We all have ‘em; I just feel more are prevalent among certain fanbases.

        • I understand what you’re saying and agree. I understand and respect the rivalries, but at some point and time, people have to stop and realize it’s just a game.

  • This is pretty pathetic and I’m an auburn fan. Regardless of what coaches he invited to a party or anything of that nature, he chose Bama. Time to move on. Auburn made it to the national title game with Jake Holland as a linebacker. So I feel pretty confident that not getting Evans won’t break the team. Hate Auburn missed out on him, but he felt like bama was the better fit to him. Congrats to him and Bama. Auburn fans need to move forward and focus on supporting the guys that signed with Auburn.

  • Is it just me, or is Auburn trash?

  • I can say as an Auburn student, this is not a typical reaction from our town. There are extremist fans everywhere who give the whole fan base a bad name. No one should know this better than Alabama having to deal with Harvey Updike. It is not the Auburn way to treat someone like an outcast in this town just because you like or are going to Bama. So before you all go ranting about how awful Auburn fans are, just remember that everyone has jerks in their fan bases too and most of us aren’t like that.

  • This kid is barely out of high school and people are treating them like they actually know best how to start their career…newsflash people–he’s still a kid. Grow up and let the boy play the game wherever he wants to–it is after all just a game.

  • I feel bad for the kid and his family but that is just how it is with rivalries. If that was a way to control the crazy fans, I would be all for it, but it isn’t. He had to know this was going to happen. LOL, what he is getting is very light for being considered a traitor. Of course he isn’t. You should learn from Marcus Smart. You can’t let a few words get to you.

  • THIS IS SHOWING YOUR TYPICAL AUBUM FANS AT THEIR BEST. IT IS ABOUT HIM NOMATTER WHAT SCHOOL HE PICKS. IT’S HIS LIFE AND HIS ONLY. SO ALL THE JERKS NEED TO GO BACK UNDER THE ROCK THEY CAME FROM. I WILL TALK TO ALOT OF MY FRIENDS THAT RIDE AND WE LOVE TO EAT AND TRY AND COME TO AUBUM TOWN AND EAT AT THEIR PLACE. WE ALL JUST MIGHT WEAR SOMETHING FROM BAMA. MY BIKE ALREADY HAS ROLL TIDE ON IT. DON’T LET THESE LOW LIFES GET TO YOU. YOU ARE A BIGGER PERSON THAN ANY OF THEM.

    • 1.) Ease off the coffee, bud. All-Caps is not necessary to get your point across.

      2.) No one is defending the actions of stupid fans. They’re stupid, just like the Bama fans that threatened their own kicker after the Iron Bowl. It’s just something that happens with this state and college football, so no one, ESPECIALLY a person/family who plays the recruiting game, should be surprised by the reactions from either side.

      3.) Was that last pair of sentences directed at Evans? You honestly think he reads or cares about what a bunch of loons write on a (comparatively small) sports blog site?

    • Stop typing. Click the caps lock button. Continue.

    • Come on now, there’s no way you have any friends, so this LOUD statement has no credibility.

  • Missouri fans are almost always great,… this was the first time i’ve ever seen idiots decide they would be rude to aTm fans guests. I was happy to be the guy who called security who after interviewing the surrounding crowd, threw them out of Memorial Stadium. I can’t get over the recent tv scene where the Texas Tech groupie calls Marcus Smart a “piece of crap” and admits it like that was significantly better than calling someone a racial slur???? What? and now the fan will “voluntarily not attend any more basketball games for the rest of 2014″. Ok, next time I get ticket for having a tail-light bulb out, I’m going to voluntarily give the court a hundred bucks and fix the light. High school, college, NFL, makes no difference, when people go out in public they owe everyone else in the stands the right to have a good time, just like they owe it back. Those who aren’t man or smart enough just stay home.

  • this is outrageous. it shouldn’t matter whether he attends auburn or alabama. I believe he will succeed in either university. the idea of some auburn fans trying to kill his families business is completely wrong. they treat his family like they made the decision for him to attend alabama when I believe they probably didn’t. his family wanted the best for him. I pray that young man will have success at any university, and will go pro. so, when he goes pro he will help his family and their business if it goes down hill. God bless that young man & GEAUX TIGERS.

  • Come on, AU fans! Show some class. If he doesn’t want AU then AU shouldn’t want him. Threatening his family’s business is ridiculous. Starting to sound like those Bama fans who threatened their kicker after the AU – Bama game.

  • Come on people, this is why Yankees think Alabama and Auburn fans are toothless and inbred. You are only mad because he went to Alabama, you’re not angry because he didn’t chose you, had he gone to Oregon (for example only), you would’ve wished him well if you passed him on the street. I hate thinking that the behavior of Auburn fans reflects on us, but it does (and vice versa). The disgraceful fans mentioned in this article are no better than Updyke (you know, the Texas lumberjack).

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  • To be fair, Rashaan and his family made his recruitment a clown show inviting both coaching staff’s to his grandfather’s 80th bday party when it was supposed to be Gus’s final in home visit. I’m sure a lot of fans could care less that he is at bama, Yeldon,Foster,CK,Calloway,etc., all spurned Auburn and we are better without them. Most fans are upset with how he lied to our coaches and players and how his recruitment was handled. As the old saying goes, “you made your bed, now lie in it”.

    • To claim that Evans’ family deserves to suffer for their handling of his recruitment is downright moronic and juvenile. Especially when your rationale involves inviting two coaching staffs to one event and “lying” to coaches and players. Let’s face it: recruiting is a game within the game and for recruits and their families to treat it as such may be basis for being upset at them, but it is never justification to wish an ACL injury, boycott a business, etc. Pathetic.

      • Please demonstrate the “suffering” that the Evans claim. This is just a bunch of drama, that’s it. Fans will always be fans, bama fans made death threats to Cade Foster, also to Reuben Foster when he first switched to Auburn, same with Brent Calloway. No one can stop what a fan says, it’s when actions take place is when the problem occurs, ie, Updyke. If an Auburn fan ever does something to Evans physically then yes there is a problem, talk is just that. As the old saying goes, sticks and stone may break my bones but words can never hurt me.

        • Please note I’m not just pointing the finger at just Bama fans with that last post, ALL fans regardless of what team they root for act this way if a player chooses a team they don’t like.

        • Nobody says the Evans family has suffered so far. But, you said “you made your bed, now lie in it” implying that you think the Evans family deserves what people are wishing upon them. People have wished he tears his ACL and that nobody goes to his family’s business. If he tore his ACL and/or people boycotted the family business, I’d say both of those occurrences would count as “suffering” under just about anybody’s standards.
          I agree that it’s drama and nothing will likely come of it, but your statement was idiotic. If it isn’t what you meant, then you worded it poorly.

    • WHAT DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID TO ANYBODY? WHERE YOU THERE WITH HIM? I DOUBT IT. IT WAS HIS GRANDFATHERS BIRTHDAY THEY CAN INVITE ANYBODY THEY WANT TO. SABAN WINS AND GUS LOOSES FACT. LEAVE THE BOY ALONE AND GET OVER IT.

    • Surely you don’t mean to imply that the Evans family somehow deserves the treatment they are receiving from certain classless people posing to be Auburn fans. An Auburn fan who does not live by the creed is not a fan but someone posing to be one. While I will make no apologies for such people, I would never say or imply that anyone is deserving of classless behavior. In doing so, you are stooping to that level.

  • I was half-joking when I said Evans family should move from Auburn. This article is exactly why I was “half” joking and not completely joking. All schools have their rabid fans willing to do and say idiotic things, but I will go out on a limb and say that such fans are far more prevalent in Auburn and Alabama, especially when a situation, like this one, involves Auburn vs. Alabama.

    • Please note I’m not just pointing the finger at just Bama fans with that last post, ALL fans regardless of what team they root for act this way if a player chooses a team they don’t like.

      • btw, no one is boycotting the Evan’s business, I drove by there the other day and the place was packed, so until there is proof this occurs, this is more drama spun by the Evans family.

    • You are right about all teams having rabid fans. Bama and AU have went to the extremes. But I do remember not too terribly long ago a certain UGA quarterback returning home from a road trip to Columbia to find his house egged and rolled.

      • Oh yeah, I am aware of that embarrassing incident, as well. We all have ‘em; I just feel more are prevalent among certain fanbases.

        • I understand what you’re saying and agree. I understand and respect the rivalries, but at some point and time, people have to stop and realize it’s just a game.

  • This is pretty pathetic and I’m an auburn fan. Regardless of what coaches he invited to a party or anything of that nature, he chose Bama. Time to move on. Auburn made it to the national title game with Jake Holland as a linebacker. So I feel pretty confident that not getting Evans won’t break the team. Hate Auburn missed out on him, but he felt like bama was the better fit to him. Congrats to him and Bama. Auburn fans need to move forward and focus on supporting the guys that signed with Auburn.

  • Is it just me, or is Auburn trash?

  • I can say as an Auburn student, this is not a typical reaction from our town. There are extremist fans everywhere who give the whole fan base a bad name. No one should know this better than Alabama having to deal with Harvey Updike. It is not the Auburn way to treat someone like an outcast in this town just because you like or are going to Bama. So before you all go ranting about how awful Auburn fans are, just remember that everyone has jerks in their fan bases too and most of us aren’t like that.

  • This kid is barely out of high school and people are treating them like they actually know best how to start their career…newsflash people–he’s still a kid. Grow up and let the boy play the game wherever he wants to–it is after all just a game.

  • I feel bad for the kid and his family but that is just how it is with rivalries. If that was a way to control the crazy fans, I would be all for it, but it isn’t. He had to know this was going to happen. LOL, what he is getting is very light for being considered a traitor. Of course he isn’t. You should learn from Marcus Smart. You can’t let a few words get to you.

  • THIS IS SHOWING YOUR TYPICAL AUBUM FANS AT THEIR BEST. IT IS ABOUT HIM NOMATTER WHAT SCHOOL HE PICKS. IT’S HIS LIFE AND HIS ONLY. SO ALL THE JERKS NEED TO GO BACK UNDER THE ROCK THEY CAME FROM. I WILL TALK TO ALOT OF MY FRIENDS THAT RIDE AND WE LOVE TO EAT AND TRY AND COME TO AUBUM TOWN AND EAT AT THEIR PLACE. WE ALL JUST MIGHT WEAR SOMETHING FROM BAMA. MY BIKE ALREADY HAS ROLL TIDE ON IT. DON’T LET THESE LOW LIFES GET TO YOU. YOU ARE A BIGGER PERSON THAN ANY OF THEM.

    • 1.) Ease off the coffee, bud. All-Caps is not necessary to get your point across.

      2.) No one is defending the actions of stupid fans. They’re stupid, just like the Bama fans that threatened their own kicker after the Iron Bowl. It’s just something that happens with this state and college football, so no one, ESPECIALLY a person/family who plays the recruiting game, should be surprised by the reactions from either side.

      3.) Was that last pair of sentences directed at Evans? You honestly think he reads or cares about what a bunch of loons write on a (comparatively small) sports blog site?

    • Stop typing. Click the caps lock button. Continue.

    • Come on now, there’s no way you have any friends, so this LOUD statement has no credibility.

  • Missouri fans are almost always great,… this was the first time i’ve ever seen idiots decide they would be rude to aTm fans guests. I was happy to be the guy who called security who after interviewing the surrounding crowd, threw them out of Memorial Stadium. I can’t get over the recent tv scene where the Texas Tech groupie calls Marcus Smart a “piece of crap” and admits it like that was significantly better than calling someone a racial slur???? What? and now the fan will “voluntarily not attend any more basketball games for the rest of 2014″. Ok, next time I get ticket for having a tail-light bulb out, I’m going to voluntarily give the court a hundred bucks and fix the light. High school, college, NFL, makes no difference, when people go out in public they owe everyone else in the stands the right to have a good time, just like they owe it back. Those who aren’t man or smart enough just stay home.

  • this is outrageous. it shouldn’t matter whether he attends auburn or alabama. I believe he will succeed in either university. the idea of some auburn fans trying to kill his families business is completely wrong. they treat his family like they made the decision for him to attend alabama when I believe they probably didn’t. his family wanted the best for him. I pray that young man will have success at any university, and will go pro. so, when he goes pro he will help his family and their business if it goes down hill. God bless that young man & GEAUX TIGERS.

  • Come on, AU fans! Show some class. If he doesn’t want AU then AU shouldn’t want him. Threatening his family’s business is ridiculous. Starting to sound like those Bama fans who threatened their kicker after the AU – Bama game.

  • Come on people, this is why Yankees think Alabama and Auburn fans are toothless and inbred. You are only mad because he went to Alabama, you’re not angry because he didn’t chose you, had he gone to Oregon (for example only), you would’ve wished him well if you passed him on the street. I hate thinking that the behavior of Auburn fans reflects on us, but it does (and vice versa). The disgraceful fans mentioned in this article are no better than Updyke (you know, the Texas lumberjack).