Arizona Basketball fans have really outdone themselves in this postseason.
Arizona Basketball fans last season were horrible when it came to supporting their team on social media, for the most part. Especially when it came to the football team or when the basketball team failed to get past the Sweet 16.
But this offseason, the Arizona Basketball fans have outdone themselves with the name calling, assumptions, and I personally feel it has gotten downright ugly. Even though Sean Miller said he didn’t take down his Twitter account because of the haters, I would think it has to be some way a part of the reason. He is also holding out on telling us if he is banning social media from his team next season.
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Why would athletes want to come to Arizona when the fans are relentless? Everyone is either an NBA scout or an expert in the state of the NBA. Even the agents aren’t necessarily on top of things as the D-League becomes the G-League, giving more opportunities to the student-athletes who can now test the NBA waters before leaving for good.
First of all. When you are upset with what someone has done, any therapist will tell you, talk about the action and not the person. For instance, an example of attacking the person would look something like, “Joe Shmoe was dumb for doing that!” A better way to say it is, “The decision Joe Shmoe made was dumb to me.” Or how about, this is even better, “The decision Joe Shmoe made was not a decision I would have made because of [insert reason here].”
My point is, why is it with everything in life these days, people lash out against strangers when they do not know the whole story. Even the media assumes they know the whole story and then make conclusions and spit it out to all their followers!
Take the Chance Comanche Lambo gift from his aunt, there are still Wildcats fans today who feel he bought the Lamborghini. Even though we reported the truth straight from the family, they don’t seem to change their mind.
Maybe it’s the present-day political culture? Who knows. The vitriol spewed by fans at times is not new, it just seems to be more now than ever. It’s hard to publish positive material or a positive view of any situation because the thought is that no fan will take you seriously if you don’t agree with them that things are the worst or people make stupid decisions.
"The vitriol spewed by fans at times is not new, it just seems to be more now than ever."
Now before you say that I shouldn’t cast a net over all the Arizona Wildcats fans, you are absolutely correct. There are a handful of fans who feel they can express their more positive slant. It’s not easy for them though because the angry fans will lash out at them, then claim they are allowed to have an opinion.
An opinion is one thing, but in public forum, you would think people could at least try to debate more with decorum. I personally don’t buy that athletes should be used to haters because there will be even more in the NBA. Why? Why does there have to be more haters in the NBA?
At the end of the day, these are still kids, human beings with feelings and emotions and I’m sure you wouldn’t appreciate people calling you (or even your kids) stupid, or moronic, every time you or they make/ made a decision someone else didn’t understand or agree with.
You think the athletes bust their asses so you can tear them to pieces? Their parents are reading all of this too, their parents honestly don’t know what to say besides ‘Prove the haters wrong.’ It’s sad. We can do better, we can be the best fans in the Pac-12 if we want too.