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“Retired” senior Buckeyes defensive back Marcus Williamson began hurling Hail Mary’s on Twitter while his team was on the field at the 2022 Rose Bowl. Williamson hung his cleats for good ahead of the bowl game.
As Ryan Day’s Ohio State team played live from Pasadena, Williamson went off on the Buckeyes via Twitter: critiquing fans, the OSU coaching staff and pulling on that thread until it expanded into a conversation about unjust conventions in the college football system.
With a nod to Urban Meyer along the way.
He started his diatribe with the following: “Now that im a fan I gotta say… u fans kno nothing and have some of THE worst football IQ ever.”
“Almost as bad as some of these coaches,” Williamson stated as he narrated the bowl game.
Williamson then pivoted to the tail-end of Urban Meyer’s run at Ohio State. Meyer retired in 2018, as relayed by Fox News‘ Ryan Gaydos, and coached the DB when he became a Buckeye in 2017.
“I wanna rap bout my career as a young black college athlete at the highest level. As guidance for u go getters coming up. S/O westerville and those city kids chasing.”
He followed up: “As a 17 early enrollee. Urban Meyer told me he’d ‘ruin my f*** life’ if he ever caught me smoking.”
Williamson also alleged that Meyer once presented a photo of Travon Martin to establish a team rule prohibiting hoodies. Williamson tweeted out the indicting image, tying it in with a holistic perspective on college football.
“How much control do these institutions have over our young black boys?” Williamson said.
He also discussed an injury from 2017 that the coaching staff “pushed” him to play through.
“I was repeatedly pushed past my injuries as if I was completely expendable. (You are). 2018 I used to wake up, put my shoulder in place.. & go to practice. They bandage u up like sh*t sweet.”
Urban Meyer responded to Williamson’s comments Sunday afternoon.
“Our team rule was not hats or hoodies or sunglasses of any kind but only in team meetings, just so we could see their eyes and make sure they were paying attention and not asleep,” Meyer said to OSU sportswriter Jeff Snook. “We did not, and never would show a picture of Trayvon Martin. My gosh, no. That is absolutely false and you can check with any other player on my teams during that time to confirm what I am saying. Other players know what he is saying is false. I would never do that. He is crossing the line here. It seems people are just piling on now. But that never happened.”
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