Publisher suspended for offensive Oxford remarks after Treadwell injury
Following a gruesome leg injury to Ole Miss receiver Laquon Treadwell, a Rivals.com publisher took to Twitter and made a controversial comment regarding the city of Oxford, Miss.
Look what the clown Geoff Ketchum (UT Writer for Rivals) said after the Ole Miss game. He shouldn’t have a job Mon pic.twitter.com/4GtUE4LqXh
— Nick (@NOaddiLA) November 2, 2014
Geoff Ketchum, the owner and publisher of the Texas Longhorns website OrangeBloods.com, was later suspended by Rivals.com, AL.com’s John Talty reported Sunday.
“Rivals.com maintains strict editorial guidelines, and the Tweet by Geoff Ketchum violated not only our standards, but also the standards of our industry,” said Rivals.com PR manager Sean Hamel. “He has apologized and the Tweet has been removed. In addition, Geoff has been suspended from writing for Rivals.com and OrangeBloods.com and a full editorial review is underway.”
The play by Treadwell was initially ruled a touchdown, but after an official review it was determined he fumbled the ball before crossing the goal line and that Auburn had recovered the fumble late in the fourth quarter.
The Rebels’ hopes of a playoff berth were likely ended after last night’s loss and Treadwell’s injury only made things worse for Ole Miss fans when the star wide receiver was later diagnosed with a fractured fibula and a dislocated ankle.
Ketchum’s controversial tweet even got the attention of Ross Bjork, the athletic director at Ole Miss. Just a few hours after Ketchum’s tweet, Bjork responded to Ketchum with a tweet of his own, telling Ketchum “you have no clue.”
Before the night was over, Ketchum sent out one more tweet to Ole Miss fans.
One of the ironies of tonight is that I actually like that Ole Miss team a lot and was rooting for them to beat Auburn. What a dummy…
— Geoff Ketchum (@gkketch) November 2, 2014