With Kentucky off to their worst start in close to 100 years, and the worst John Calipari has started since being at Kentucky, both Calipari and the players have been on the receiving end for some harsh criticism.
And some players have been hearing frustrations and criticisms from fans on social media, thus leading to players deleting their social media accounts, per Isaiah Jackson during Kentucky’s pre-Mississippi State press conference.
“So far, I actually deleted social media, and a lot of the guys on the team have too,” Jackson told reporters. “I haven’t really been looking at it. But after we lost a couple, they’ve been on us. That’s something. I feel them, but at the same time, we’re just young and we’re still trying to come together as a team.
“It’s going to take time, but as the ball gets rolling, they’re going to be surprised. We’re going to surprise a lot of people.”
With Kentucky staring down the barrel of missing the NCAA tournament, fans have a right to be upset and frustrated. What fans should absolutely not do is send their anger towards the players on the court, all of whom are 18 and 19 year-old kids playing their first season of collegiate basketball.
With no fan support in Rupp Arena this season, due to the pandemic, the most fan interactions these kids have now received is tweets directly to them regarding how bad they are.
Fans, you can voice your frustrations on the team in general or Coach Calipari, but don’t tweet directly at players. Thanks.