Miss. State Player Now Suspended For Tweets

Early Thursday I noted a critical Tweet sent out by Mississippi State guard Ravern Johnson after a 75-61 loss to Alabama on Wednesday.

Ravern Johnson rips Rick Stansbury on Twitter, Renardo Sidney agrees

Johnson wrote on his Twitter account, which has since been deleted:

“Starting to see why people Transfer. You can play the minutes but not getting your talents shown because u watching someone else wit the ball the whole game”

Johnson teammate Renardo Sidney then re-Tweeted his Twitter entry moments later in what could only be construed as an endorsement of Johnson’s Tweet.

Today Mississippi State officially announced Johnson has been suspended for the team’s game Saturday against LSU.

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury previously announced yesterday that all MSU players were now banned from having a Twitter account.

Today Brandon Marcello of the JACKSON (MS) CLARION-LEDGER provided more background on Johnson and Sidney, including additional Tweets from their accounts Wednesday night that were directed at Bulldog fans: Read more…

Media: Twitter Separates Strong From The Tweet

Last night a garden variety SEC basketball game played out between Mississippi State and Alabama in Tuscaloosa. (In coasting to a 75-61 win, the Crimson Tide completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs.)

Ravern Johnson rips Rick Stansbury on Twitter, Renardo Sidney agrees

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In past years, the game would ultimately be of no consequence, but thanks to Twitter, we were let in on a team secret after the game that added exponentially to interest in the game.

After the game, Mississippi State senior guard Ravern Johnson offered little more than platitudes to the credentialed media in Tuscaloosa. But later, Johnson later took to his Twitter account to reveal his true feelings about Wednesday’s proceedings.

Johnson tore into coach Rick Stansbury with this Tweet:

“Starting to see why people Transfer, you can play the minutes but not getting your talents shown because u watching someone else wit the ball the whole game shooters need to move not watch why other coaches get that do not make sense to me.”

It gets worse. Read more…