Husker: Unflattering Facebook Entry Strikes Again

Apparently, the athletic administration of the University of Nebraska is a little sensitive about their football players being perceived like a bunch of misogynistic criminals. (Although I can’t imagine why they would be worried about that.) Hours after Mike Freeman at CBS SPORTS reported on a party for a Nebraska football player who avoided jail time & another former Cornhusker going to jail that was posted on Facebook (and had several current Nebraska players set to attend), the university had the poster take down the item.

Nebraska OL Andy Christensen

(The Man of the Hour, Nebraska Cornhusker Andy Christensen)

The item was an invitation for a party in “honor” of Nebraska OL Andy Christensen - who was acquitted on charges of groping a woman at a bar in March but pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and criminal mischief - and former Cornhusker TE Hunter Teafatiller, who was arrested for drunk driving twice within the span of three months in 2007.

Back when I was in college, we just made up excuses to drink, like “Third Tuesday in November Day” or “New Episodes of ‘Family Matters’ Day” or “Arbor Day.” But apparently things have changed.

Here’s part of the party invitation as quoted by Freeman as up on Facebook until Nebraska had the original poster take it down:

“ANDY’S FREE, HUNTER’S F—–, AND YOU’RE A HOE PARTY

CUZ ANDY’S GETS HIS ANKLET OFF AND HUNTER GETS HIS ON”

The post goes on to describe the party:

“DRESS: MALES: REGULAR NIGHTLIFE ATTIRE

FEMALES: DRESS TO F— YOU’RE FUTURE EX”

Is it crude? Sure, but so is most everything that happens in college. Freeman’s point is that when you are talking about Nebraska football and a reputation that includes Lawrence Phillips and Christian Peter, having current players attend an event that refers to women as “hoes” is a black eye for the university. And while this could apply at almost any school with a major football program, Nebraska is so closely associated with “violence against women” that I can see Freeman’s point.

Freeman commends Nebraska for having the poster take down the item as soon as the university found out about it. I guess. Nowhere in his article does it say that the team or school was forbidding their players from attending the party, which is now probably going to be twice as popular thanks to all the publicity.

And Freeman’s getting grief himself from his readers, with the vast majority of comments taking him to task for using Facebook as a source and reaching for a story. And Freeman isn’t backing down, posting this response to one comment:

Pimp: You call us idiots at CBSSports.com.

But I noticed you’ve been posting since October.

So you call us idiots and then post under our articles.

What does that make you?

The idiot-ee?

So what do you guys think: is this a legitimate story or a reach by Freeman. Let’s debate it in the comments. But if you say anything bad about me, I’ll destroy you.