UMass freshman D'Metrius Williams' tweets at halftime earn him some unwanted attention
Four days after the University of Massachusetts got a surge of positive publicity from a YouTube video showing coach Charley Molnar awarding two players scholarships, the school got some negative attention via Twitter.
True freshman cornerback D’Metrius Williams had a break out performance with seven tackles and three pass breakups. But at halftime, with the Minutemen losing 7-0, Williams apparently got on his phone and retweeted several tweets praising his play, including one that also criticized the offense, and then posted:
“IM OUT HERE BALLIN' .. 2nd half bouta get started time too qet mo' money”
After follower of his posted “Stop Tweeting during halftime.” Williams responded “ lol don't tell coach ! ahaha but im done now .”
But the Tweet was retweeted quickly and spread nationall getting attention from Deadspin and Yahoo Sports columnist Dan Wetzel and Deadspin.
According to John Sinnett, UMass’ assistant director for media relations, UMass does not have a written policy for social media. Molnar didn't make a big deal of the incident in his postgame press conference.
Immature on his part obviously. We've already discussed it as a staff policy. I'll take the blame on that and say I just didn't drive it home enough. I guess I've got to say it every week 'Don't Tweet during halftime'," Molnar said. "But he did. I'll deal with it. We have guys make mistakes every day. There's mistakes on every play out there. ... He made a mistake and he'll suffer the consequences, but it's not a death sentence by him on any stretch."
Williams erased the Tweet after the game and apologized and then explained that he wasn’t making reference to actually getting paid.