Tyler Hunter has left his mark on Florida State University football — but probably not the one he wanted. The controversy over his tweets against the police, including one that advocated the killing of police officers, prompted FSU coach Jimbo Fisher to ban his players from Twitter this football season.
A sophomore defensive back, Hunter impulsively turned to Twitter to air his gripes about the police after being pulled over for making an illegal turn and wearing his seat belt incorrectly. “We need to do like Cali niggas and kill cops,” he wrote in one tweet, echoing the lyrics of a rap song.
Hunter deleted his Twitter account soon after posting the tweet, but within weeks, Fisher imposed a team-wide ban on the medium. “[Twitter is] a power that you must understand the implications of when you use it,” Fisher said. “We’ll continue to educate, but it’s a lot easier when there are less distractions.”