Every academic year, the Anthony J. McKelvin Award is given to the most outstanding male athlete and scholar in the ACC. This year, it was awarded to former Duke guard Laken Tomlinson. Tomlinson was able to accrue dozens of accolades during his time at Duke, including: consensus All-American in 2015, two-time All-ACC team, four-time academic All-ACC team, and lead his Blue Devils to their third straight bowl game this last season.
To round out his tremendous resume, Tomlinson then went on to be drafted 28th overall in this year’s NFL draft by the Detroit Lions where he is expected to make an immediate impact.
And he didn’t deserve it. At least not according to Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey.
Shocked he himself didn’t win the award, Ramsey took to Twitter to explain his disgust. In a matter four tweets, we can watch Ramsey go through four of the five stages of devastating loss, as dictated by the Kubler-Ross model.
Let’s review the steps: denial, bargaining, anger and acceptance.
Ramsey goes through each one, in twelve minutes no less, for all of us to see.
In a confused tantrum, he posts about how perplexing it is that he hasn’t won. Don’t worry Jalen, I will explain. Although Ramsey had some magnificent achievements up to the point (which I will get to later), he placed third in the voting, three votes behind Tomlinson and one vote behind Notre Dame star and now New York Knick Jerian Grant. Really, Jalen? You think it’s “a joke” that you didn’t win over both of these guys?
To Jalen, he simply can’t catch a break. He begins rattling off his achievements in an effort to prove to everyone how deserving he really is. Who knows, maybe the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association will re-vote after they see that tweet. Here’s to hoping, Jalen.
Admittedly, Ramsey boasts a very impressive resume. He is a tremendous two-sport athlete that we might be talking about as one of the best lock-down corners in the NFL one day, but for now, he’s just a sore loser.
Pretty straight forward, here. Ramsey is not pleased about this result and he isn’t afraid to express his feelings. A necessary evil on the road to acceptance.
In an effort to save face, Ramsey congratulates all of his competitors, especially his “buddy” Tomlinson who won the award. Of course, Ramsey is still mighty resentful of the whole thing and continues to try and justify this ordeal, finishing the tweet with #GodsWill.
A special thanks to Twitter for allowing an almost Joyce-ian stream of consciousness to be expressed with that bundle of tweets. You too Jalen, thanks for feeling comfortable enough to speak your mind publicly, it gives us something to talk about.
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