Twitter isn’t its own little universe, and what’s typed and submitted on it is available to the entire world, even if it’s just up for a few moments. On Wednesday, Oregon redshirt freshman linebacker Tyson Coleman tweeted that 9/11 was a conspiracy.
Just before 1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Coleman (@TysonColeman33) tweeted: “911 was a conspiracy.” Within minutes, the tweet had been deleted, but the damage was already done.
Coleman may have deleted the tweet after Oregon journalism student Nick Smith (@PDX_Nick) replied to him with a tweet that read: “@TysonColeman33 careful what you say on twitter bro. Remember once you type it you can’t take it back.”
Other athletes and celebrities have often faced harsh criticism for their admitted belief in a conspiracy theory regarding the events that shook the nation on September 11, 2001. Some conspriacy ideas include theories of missing wreckage and ignored warnings. In any case, taking such a stance publicly is a dangerous step for those in the spotlight.
Coleman, a graduate of Lake Oswego High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon, will enter his redshirt freshman year with the Oregon Ducks after lighting up the 2012 Oregon Spring Game with an interception returned for a touchdown.
This isn’t the first time that Coleman has come under fire for his decisions. Exactly one year and a day prior to Wednesday’s 9/11 tweet, Coleman was arrested and charged with minor in possession of alcohol and interfering with police officers:
Coleman was walking near the Eugene campus with a can of Four Loko, a type of malt liquor, when Eugene police officers spotted him at around 11:15 p.m. at the intersection of 16th Avenue and Patterson Street on [May 29, 2011].
A spokeswoman for the Eugene Police Department said the can appeared to be unopened. When officers on bicycles approached Coleman, the Oregon freshman said he was 21 years old but failed to produce identification. The 18 year old then threw the can and ran away from officers.
It reportedly took the officers a “considerable time” to chase him down, the EPD spokeswoman said.
The Ducks are set to open their 2012 college football season on September 1st against Arkansas State, the first of four straight home games to begin the campaign for their fourth consecutive Pac-10/12 title.
Other Oregon Ducks news:
- Robinson twins considering playing football, basketball at Oregon.
- LaMichael James and De’Anthony Thomas played a pivotal role in class of ’13 RB Dontre Wilson committing to Oregon on May 25.
- Darron Thomas was invited to the Cleveland Browns rookie mini-camp
Former Ducks who have signed UFA deals:
- Eddie Pleasant – Houston Texans
- Darrion Weems – Minnesota Vikings
- Lavasier Tuinei – Seattle Seahawks
- Cliff Harris – Philadelphia Eagles
Oregon’s drafted players:
- RB LaMichael James, 2nd round – San Francisco 49ers
- LB Josh Kaddu, 5th round – Miami Dolphins
- OL Mark Asper, 6th round – Buffalo Bills
- TE David Paulson, 7th round – Pittsburgh Steelers
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