Ohio State University football deletes ‘Silence’ social media post after backlash

September 27, 2018

Ohio State University football deletes ‘Silence’ social media post after backlash

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Controversial Ohio State University football social media posts featuring the word “silence” are now deleted after a flurry of criticism and national attention. 

The posts, featuring a white background, a football player with a finger to his lips, and the word “silence” above him, were deleted on Thursday afternoon after being posted this morning.

The image included a caption saying “Silence the white noise.” This was a reference to the white-out game Saturday against Penn State University, a tradition in which Penn State fans wear all white and make noise the whole time.

Critics said the posts were insensitive and tone-deaf after Urban Meyer’s suspension for failing to adequately report domestic abuse allegations against former assistant coach Zach Smith. 

Read more about the tradition and the posts here.

Ohio State spokesman Jerry Emig said in an email the following was posted to Ohio State football social media accounts. 

“As we have done in the past, and in preparation for Saturday’s game, we issued a message to our fans via social media outlets.  The message has been interpreted in ways we absolutely did not intend, and we have removed it from our channels.  We understand why people were critical.”

As of 5 p.m, neither Ohio State football’s Facebook or Twitter pages posted the message. 

Request for comment as to why those messages aren’t on the pages was not immediately returned.

The original posts were deleted. Ohio State football’s social cover photos were changed to a new image with a gray helmet. The thumbnail on the trailer for the game was changed. 

Attempts to request more information from the university on social media policies and review earlier in the day were not returned.

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