Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know by now that LSU coach Will Wade has been suspended for allegedly being caught on an FBI wiretap discussing paying for a player to come to LSU.
There have been many takes issued about the situation, but one of the biggest critics of Wade and the Tigers has been ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale.
As you can see below, Dickie V sent a scathing tweet on Saturday, ripping LSU fans who are supporting Wade, who he says has “disgraced” the LSU program:
A message to all LSU fans / there r many that r saddened / sick of the comments by Wade on a FBI wiretap yes those that r REAL FANS & than there r those that try to justify what he has done by saying oh yeah everyone does it . Pls get REAL / Wade has humiliated / disgraced LSU
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) March 9, 2019
On Tuesday, former LSU baseball star (and, interestingly enough, a fellow ESPN employee) Ben McDonald responded to Vitale, calling him out for being a hypocrite and telling him to pump the brakes on his criticism of the Tigers:
Mr. V, can we tap the brakes and let this play out, seems you have been quick to condemn @wwadelsu @LSUBasketball and #TigerNation compared to how you’ve handled similar situations at other schools! Now…Real LSU Fans have a message for you…You can Kiss our..😉! #GeauxTigers https://t.co/wTcdpVfOGk
— Ben McDonald (@realbenmcdonald) March 12, 2019
Those “similar situations” McDonald is referring to could include the one at Louisville, where coach Rick Pitino was fired for similar allegations involving Brian Bowen (who ended up at South Carolina eventually). Vitale has been in Pitino’s corner since he was fired, so perhaps Wade’s biggest crime in Vitale’s eyes is that he isn’t a personal friend of the ESPN broadcaster.
Whatever the case, McDonald’s response is sure to be loved by LSU fans.