Did Yuri Wright Blow College Football Career with Sexist Tweets?
Yuri Wright Twitter Stream: High School Student Expelled
Don Bosco Prep senior Yuri Wright had a bright future in football, at least until he discovered Twitter. Wright is a highly-ranked cornerback who has attracted Big Ten attention, at least until this week.
Yuri Wright's racist, sexist tweets got him expelled from Don Bosco Prep, a New Jersey Catholic school; this means that Notre Dame is sure to back off from recruiting him. University of Michigan has already passed on Wright as well: his stock is dropping. Wright has his eye on Rutgers and Colorado, too: will the story get too big in New Jersey for Rutgers to offer him a scholarship?
Yuri Wright's Twitter Feed: Not Really All That Private (NSFW)
Yuri Wright's Twitter account is now deleted and his offending tweets (there were dozens and dozens) were reportedly deleted, but the internet is forever, as we all know by now (and as Yuri Wright is just learning). Chat Sports has some of Yuri Wright's greatest hits, and here are a few standouts.
Basically, Wright really, really likes having sex, but doesn't really know too much about how it all works, and doesn't quite seem to see women as real people. NSFW tweets below:
- "So we learning about the pussy and the teacher tells me when a girl squirts that's not a organism"
- "Yo my pops just drove by and splash some jewish lady with mad water..."
- "Lmao you these fuckin bitches be lyin son like niggas don't know lol i just laugh at these dumb ass girls sometimes"
- "What! even if ha pussy da bomb I still gotta get that doom"
- "I can't even trust my mother what makes you think ill ever be able to trust a bitch...."
- "Its like I need pussy everyday to be satisfied going to school with a whole bunch of guys sucks"
[sic] throughout, and we think he meant "dome", and not "doom".
Yuri Wright had a football scholarship on the line, and obviously not an academic scholarship: even taking Twitter abbreviations into account, this is borderline illiterate. He managed to misspell "ho", which is no mean feat: he spelled it "hoe", as in the garden implement. This was a joke used in House Party, by the way.
Are Yuri Wright's thoughts really much different than those of any other teenage boy? To be honest, we don't think so. Most high school kids aren't as worldly or smart or experienced as they think they are, and their attitudes toward sex tend to be, well, immature.
However, college football recruiters can see this sort of thing as a deal-breaker: for every available spot, there are hundreds of athletes vying for a chance, so recruiters will never run out of talent. If faced with one prospect who looks like a jerk online and one who doesn't, recruiters will most likely go with the non-jerk.
By the way, what's going on in Don Bosco Prep's English classes?
“He’s a good kid and I think he has a bright college future and I wish him the best of luck,” Don Bosco coach Greg Toal said. “There is no question Don Bosco had to do what it had to do.”
Another strange aspect to this story: while Yuri Wright is ultimately responsible for what he puts online, where was his coach? Surely Greg Toal understands that recruiters check social media when they scout. It's called "scouting" because they're watching you.
Wright's Twitter account was set to private, at least right before it was deleted, but, if at least 1,600 people can read what you write, "private" is a relative term.