ESPN’s Brett McMurphy is known as one of the best at breaking news in the college football world, but on Friday evening his social media account was the source of scrutiny after a questionable tweet left fans upset and wanting answers.
The tweet in question, which has since been deleted:
Shortly after deleting the tweet, McMurphy tried to explain his reasoning behind the tweet and apologized for it.
I deleted an earlier tweet that was part of a series of tweets I put out in response to what I considered to be a misguided group of some fans who seemed to be supportive of the horribly violent act captured on the Mixon video released tonight,” McMurphy said in a message posted on his Twitter account. Even in that context, my attempted sarcasm as a response to the blind loyalty fans were showing in the face of the horrific video was not the best way to make a point on something so sensitive. I apologize
McMurphy presumably was making a joke in conjunction with the release of the graphic surveillance video of Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon punching a woman that became public on Friday.
To be clear, McMurphy does not appear to in any way condone the actions of Mixon. He previously posted a message calling Mixon’s defenders out for excusing his actions based upon the idea of him being provoked by the woman.
Still, his timeline was flooded with upset fans questioning his decision to publish the tweet. Some were calling for him to apologize, while others called on ESPN to take action.
— Happy HoliJays. (@VegasRebs) December 17, 2016
— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) December 17, 2016
Here’s a sampling of what fans were saying: