Ohio State issues statement following release of embarrassingly bad graphic
On Wednesday, Ohio State football tweeted out a graphic that received copious amounts of backlash on Twitter.
It was a picture that shows an Ohio State player dressed in all white, with his finger to his mouth, along with the caption “silence the white noise.”
The Buckeyes released this graphic ahead of their important matchup at Penn State this weekend, which is a rivalry that has huge Big 10 ramifications.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 26, 2018
The tweet came across as tone-deaf, considering the “distractions” that Ohio State has been dealing with off the field.
Coach Urban Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the 2018 season as a result of the Zach Smith saga, in which Smith’s wife accused him of domestic abuse, and that Meyer was aware of the allegations via his wife. An investigation ruled that Meyer had not done all that he could have in making the university aware of Smith’s violent past.
Meyer has strongly denied any cover up, but certainly failed to take correct action relating to Smith’s misconduct.
ESPN writer Dan Murphy reached out to Ohio State for comment after the graphic was heavily criticized, and this is what a university spokesman responded with:
From an Ohio State spokesman: “That message is the same message we used before the 2016 whiteout game at Penn State. And that message is directed to our team to play really well to silence an incredible whiteout crowd at Penn State.” https://t.co/DreWbkc4Kw
— Dan Murphy (@DanMurphyESPN) September 27, 2018
Ohio State has not deleted their graphic or tweet, and it doesn’t like they will consider it.