Adrian Clayborn, naively perhaps, brought out a cross-sampling of Americans’ feelings about Osama bin Laden’s death
by Mike Hlas :: UPDATED: 2 May 2011 | 1:02 am
NFL Commish Roger Goodell and Adrian Clayborn (AP photo)
Adrian Clayborn was a lot of things for the Iowa football team the last few years, but cultural commentator wasn’t one of them.
He’s been a good-natured, self-deprecating giant on Twitter since since he fulfilled the last of his duties with the Hawkeyes. Click here for a previous Hlog post on that.
But late Sunday night, with emotions churning across the United States, Clayborn posted this Tweet:
I don’t think celebrating a person death is exactly right. Granted what he put this country. Doesn’t look good tho
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ first-round draft pick of 2011 received a lot of direct responses in a hurry. What he got was, in my opinion, a telling spectrum of Americans’ feelings after President Obama’s announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death. Some of the responses were very favorable to Clayborn, some were understanding but not in total agreement, and some told him he was flat-out wrong. Here is a sampling (I removed Clayborn’s @AJaClay Twitter handle from all the replies.):
cardinalsfan13: that is pathetic tell that to the families of 9/11 have some damn respect
jrlinder22: You’re an enlightened guy Adrian. Good perspective.
Evildoer_Esq: You’d have to consider Bin Laden a person first. He wasn’t a human, no human does what he did. We just de-weeded Earth’s garden.
willisthewall: yeah a lot of mixed emotions but I dont feel too good celebrating this guy’s death, even tho he was pretty evil n stuff
RyanTerrana: I feel you, but you gotta realize everything he did to this country…I lost tons of friends overseas!
swessdawg: I know what you mean. It’s good that he’s been caught but the party atmosphere on tv just seems a bit macabre.
Steve_Liebscher: Normally agree 100%, but this was the Hitler of our generation. Closure for the families of those lost on 9/11 is the key.
HawkeyeFanPete: “I’ve never wished a man dead, but I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” -Mark Twain.
jerredcook: (Bleep) Osama. I walked thru tower 2 that morning. I am celebrating and will continue to do so with joy.
AliMoonGoddess: better to be thankful source of evil acts has been “neutralized”. It is weird all the big celebrations. We all heal in own ways.
acousticsoup: I agree. It’s not a popular opinion, but I do agree. I think it’s just going to piss off some bad people.
JasonK2868: So let’s celebrate, money and excess of a sports draft, yeeeeas!!!
jwoodard87: you a true hearted human being. People should rejoice and come together to remember the tragedies that were brought 4th. Not party
csully02: we are celebrating the revenge of thousands and thousands of innocent deaths…so celebrate the (bleep) out of this death
KaraRutherford: So many emotions. Joy. Relief. Fear. Sadness. Proud. Closure. And our memories evoke even more. Follow your heart. I get it
naismithJF: You’re not the only one who feels that way.
custovick: just google 9/11 and it will make u feel better
taintsmash12: Just crush some QB’s partna
Twenty-one minutes after his Tweet that started all this and probably overwhelmed him, Clayborn had a follow-up:
no more tweeting about politics anymore. Ima stick to football and jokes. I just think we need to come together in a better way
I hope he doesn’t just stick to football and jokes, even though it would make life easier for him that way. His last sentence was pretty good.