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    Default STrib: Mr. Minnesota Basketball Award account's tweet draws ire

    per the STrib:

    The coach of the Henry Sibley boys’ basketball team went on Twitter Friday to dissociate his program from the Mr. Minnesota Basketball Award because of what he described as racist commentary on Twitter by the award program’s figurehead.

    In a tweet directed at Ken Lien, longtime head of the award program that honors the state’s top senior player, Sibley coach John Carrier wrote, “I’m sorry @mrbasketballmn, I can no longer stand by silently and support these types of tweets from someone representing our state.”

    A since-deleted tweet from Lien’s account used crude language to express support for another tweet that said “Wake up America – Ignore at your own peril! Angry Muslims taunt NJ schools: ‘We’re Going to Be the Majority Soon’ ”

    Lien, in response to Carrier’s tweet, the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Twitter account and others sympathetic with Carrier’s view, tweeted: “I get upset & defensive when people bash our country, etc. I take great pride representing Mr.bb for 40 years; again, plz forgive.”

    Among many tweets expressing support for Carrier was one from Jabbar Washington, who played on three Minneapolis North championship teams in the 1990s. “The damage is done @mrbasketballmn the damage is already done,” he wrote on Twitter. “You can’t erase your true feelings.”

    http://www.startribune.com/mr-minnes...ire/413477533/

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    Go Gophers!!

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    Islam is not a race, so this is not a racist comment.


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    DJ chimes in:




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    Quote Originally Posted by Gopher Teeth View Post
    Islam is not a race, so this is not a racist comment.


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    It was more than just that one tweet, there was also others along the lines of "loading your gun and taking out" illegal immigrants crossing the border and similar things. Pretty unprofessional at best, bordering on threatening at worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adchester View Post
    It was more than just that one tweet, there was also others along the lines of "loading your gun and taking out" illegal immigrants crossing the border and similar things. Pretty unprofessional at best, bordering on threatening at worst.
    Please show direct quotes. "Along the lines" is inaccurate at best, libel at worst. Don't inflame things.
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    I've never been a fan of him. He always seemed a bit off.

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    I debated sharing these screen shots someone just sent me...but they are not from someone's private conversation or texting, they were things he posted that really bother me:





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    How stupid can you be?

    Even if you believe in strict border laws, vetted immigration or any of the other policies that are out there, at what point does decency just go out the window and you turn into an imbecile on Twitter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winasota Gopher View Post
    How stupid can you be?

    Even if you believe in strict border laws, vetted immigration or any of the other policies that are out there, at what point does decency just go out the window and you turn into an imbecile on Twitter?
    Twitter exposes a lot of imbeciles. Not every thought was meant to be communicated. He's done with the Mr. Basketball program. I'm not a big fan of running people out of town, but he's way out of line (and doesn't help his cause, either).

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    I don't know. A lot of this guy's views I find very problematic, but I also don't like our current culture's desire to tie people to the stake for comments in a public forum. This is an old fella, and like a lot of old fellas, he has some views that are embarrassing. It used to be, that the only people embarrassed would be his grandchildren, who'd shake their heads at things that he said at thanksgiving dinner, but now everybody can see. I just wish we lived in a society where we weren't in such a rush to end careers and castigate people for things they said on facebook or twitter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmag21 View Post
    I don't know. A lot of this guy's views I find very problematic, but I also don't like our current culture's desire to tie people to the stake for comments in a public forum. This is an old fella, and like a lot of old fellas, he has some views that are embarrassing. It used to be, that the only people embarrassed would be his grandchildren, who'd shake their heads at things that he said at thanksgiving dinner, but now everybody can see. I just wish we lived in a society where we weren't in such a rush to end careers and castigate people for things they said on facebook or twitter.
    We should sympathize with the guy because there's a public forum for his racism now which there wasn't before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmag21 View Post
    I don't know. A lot of this guy's views I find very problematic, but I also don't like our current culture's desire to tie people to the stake for comments in a public forum. This is an old fella, and like a lot of old fellas, he has some views that are embarrassing. It used to be, that the only people embarrassed would be his grandchildren, who'd shake their heads at things that he said at thanksgiving dinner, but now everybody can see. I just wish we lived in a society where we weren't in such a rush to end careers and castigate people for things they said on facebook or twitter.
    I'd agree with you if it was his personal Twitter, but if this is an account associated with mr basketball awards then there is no place for uncomfortable political tweets left or right. Add in the swearing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmag21 View Post
    I don't know. A lot of this guy's views I find very problematic, but I also don't like our current culture's desire to tie people to the stake for comments in a public forum. This is an old fella, and like a lot of old fellas, he has some views that are embarrassing. It used to be, that the only people embarrassed would be his grandchildren, who'd shake their heads at things that he said at thanksgiving dinner, but now everybody can see. I just wish we lived in a society where we weren't in such a rush to end careers and castigate people for things they said on facebook or twitter.
    He's representing the MN Mr. Basketball award with this twitter account. There are Muslims and ethnic/racial minorities that live in this state and players that compete for this award. These kind of comments make me think that Ishamel El-Amin never stood a chance. It is entirely unacceptable to express them in this capacity.

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    That's a good point and one I wasn't thinking of. Doing this on the mr basketball award official account is unacceptable.


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