Penn State Truthers Now Attacking Ex-NBAer John Amaechi

These people realize they’re now just embarrassing their school, right? Ex-NBA player and Penn State alum John Amaechi, most famous for coming out as gay after his retirement, is slated to serve as the Grand Marshal for PSU’s homecoming parade. For a couple years now, an unruly band of angry alums (read: Joe Paterno truthers) have been upset at Amaechi for expressing regret for his past involvement with Jerry Sandusky’s charity and criticizing the most ardent defenders of Joe Paterno. So they’re attacking him in a pretty ugly way, presumably to express their displeasure with his pending return to campus.

The complaints have recently escalated into full scale hate messages directed towards Amaechi according to Walter, including racist and homophobic slurs. These messages have been received by both Homecoming and Amaechi on Twitter and via Email over the last several weeks. As a result, Amaechi has reconsidered his participation in the event.

President Rodney Erickson, who’s received similar missives, has already withdrawn from the event. [Onward State]

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  • smokeybandit

    A high profile black gay guy getting racial and homophobic barbs from social media trolls after he made controversial comments?

    Wow, who thought that’d ever happen.

  • theberklands

    Where are the tweets and other messages Mr. Amaechi received? I’ve yet to actually see one.

  • Jessica A

    Does the Philly Post ever post actual news, or just a bunch of nitwits posting gossip? The latter? Got it.

  • M1EK

    Ray Blehar, one of the two heavy hitters behind the truthers, posted such a homophobic slur himself (he later apologized) – on the Blue White Illustrated site. Nice try, theberklands and Jessica.

    • GK1993

      That would be one. Hardly constitutes a full-scale attack. Amaechi has been the one whose tweets and FB posts have been liberally laced with profanity and insults, even to questions having nothing to do with PSU.

      • M1EK

        That’s one from one of the two guys (him and Ziegler) who all the truthers listen to. It makes it beyond comprehension that you would argue that his followers wouldn’t likely have followed suit in any number.

        • GK1993

          So you’re just assuming without proof. That’s what’s beyond comprehension.

        • theberklands

          I listen to people who provide facts and evidence and form my own opinions. By the way, I appreciate being called a truther because, so far as I can tell, that’s the opposite of liar.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=633285572 Ray Blehar

      Actually, the comment I made was not a homophobic slur, but characterized as one by individuals who were.are trying to discredit me (as you are doing now). The fact of the matter was it was called “tame” by John Amaechi himself. I certainly did not encourage anyone to communicate in any way with John.

    • theberklands

      Such an appropriate avatar. Doh!

    • Jessica A

      M1EK – don’t reproduce. The world will thank you.

  • GK1993

    Where are the screen shots/proof of these attacks? If you’d done any actual research, you’d find that it’s Mr. Amaechi’s tweets and FB posts that are profanity laden and filled with insults. He uses the F-bomb quite frequently and likes to tell people how stupid they are.

  • GK1993

    Here’s an example of the attacks – except it’s Amaechi doing the attacking.

  • tratoor

    Amaechi made continual vulgar attacks on Paterno, the FB Program and PSU. This was a selection crafted by the worthless BoT solely to antagonize and instigate.