The parallels between the comments of Tennessee fans on Butch Jones and the comments of Penn State fans on Joe Paterno are disturbing.
Drae Bowles says Butch Jones called him a traitor to the Vols for helping an alleged rape victim. Butch Jones says “The assertion that I ever attempted to belittle or demean a young man for taking action to help another person is false.” So one of these two men isn’t telling the truth… or the fact that Butch Jones didn’t say “I didn’t call Trae Bowles a traitor” is going to end up meaning something.
As if this wasn’t enough bad news for the Vols, yesterday two new women joined the lawsuit against Tennessee; Tennessee now has seven women accusing them of violating Title IX in federal court.
We have already written about the disgusting things Tennessee fans are saying about the women involved in this lawsuit, but the reaction of the Vols took an even stranger turn yesterday. Tennessee fans are defending their coach and their school against these allegations no matter what, and it’s reminiscent of another fanbase defending an embattled coach. Vols don’t seem to be concerned with the mounting accusations, it’s clear they are blinded by their love for orange.
Most disturbing is that the comments of the Tennessee fans have started to have the same shade as the comments made by Penn State fans defending Joe Paterno in 2011.
Now we don’t know that Butch Jones said that Trae Bowles was a traitor. What we do know is that Trae Bowles said in a sworn affidavit that he did, and Butch Jones kind of said he didn’t in a statement released on Twitter.
On Tuesday Tennessee trotted out 16 paid employees of their athletic department to convince us that they don’t have a culture problem. That also ended up being a debacle for Tennessee, because in the end they all admitted that this was about trying to keep Tennessee’s reputation from hurting recruiting. It seems like every move Tennessee makes is a bad one, but they have now firmly put themselves behind Butch Jones, and their fans at least are very happy about that.
We hope that if something like this happened at Alabama our fanbase would be able to see past football and come to terms with the fact that there are things in life more important than a game. Tennessee fans are clearly not able to do that…
Tennessee fans are still set on their conspiracy theory that Drae Bowles is doing all this because his girlfriend cheated on him.
Angrily attacking possible rape victims may not be the best PR move… not that Tennessee has made any good PR moves.
Apparently the victims of sexual assault need to take some responsibility.
Tennessee fans are also fixated on the idea that the rest of the SEC is behind this to stop them from being good at football.
Alabama has beaten Tennessee nine years in a row, but they are behind all this I’m sure.
Butch Jones is going to use all these people questioning how Tennessee handles sexual assault as a motivator for football? Yeah, that doesn’t sound like a culture problem at all.
Here’s a Tennessee football player making a vague football threat yesterday. Perhaps making vague football threats isn’t the best way to show that your university understands that football isn’t the most important thing in the world. It also probably shows that even the football players are infected with the crazy idea that the world is just out to get them and they did nothing wrong.
More blaming the victims, which is something Tennessee fans have been doing from the start.
The rest of the SEC is using women to bring down Tennessee.
This is probably something Butch Jones is going to claim, since he didn’t come out and directly say he didn’t call Drae Bowles a traitor. (Also “escape goat” is just the best.)
Wishing death on folks over this is probably the sign of a healthy culture right?
Again the idea that the illuminati are behind all this and Tennessee is the victim.
The problem is that we let women have sports apparently.
Because Alabama didn’t do it?
Another favorite target of Tennessee fans is the media.
No matter what comes of the issues at Tennessee it’s clear that as a nation we are still putting football on a pedestal above all else; we apparently haven’t grown much in the last five years.
Tennessee AD Dave Hart has a press conference at 1pm, we will see what Tennessee’s next move is then.