Over the weekend former Illinois offensive lineman, Simon Cvijanovic took his distaste for Illini head coach Tim Beckman to twitter. Cvijanovic cited Beckman’s abuse of power in his tweet and attributed many of his (Cvijanovic’s) mental issues to Beckman’s physical, mental, and emotional ridicule.
On Monday, Illini Athletic Director, Mike Thomas came out in support of his head coach. Thomas claimed that the feedback he received from players is overwhelmingly positive but did not close the book on the issue stating, “we will follow-up, we will review, and the timeline and who’s to be involved will be determined very soon.”
Thomas’ support of Beckman may be short lived as several other ex-players of Beckman have come out claiming a similar experience under Beckman.
In this day and age mistreatment and/or abuse of young adults is much more frowned upon publicly. Mike Thomas will hopefully recognize that this is no small matter, especially in the wake of the Dolphins’ recent bullying scandal.
Twitter and other social media outlets have given players the platform to speak out against higher powers and connect directly with the public, but this power also comes with a downside. Now, Twitter also allows for unwarranted public criticism and unfair accusations. Any disgruntled player can now take his or her thoughts to Twitter and have them nationally broadcast almost immediately.
It will be interesting to see how this scandal sorts itself out as more information continues to surface.
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