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Get a life, bro

March 18, 2019

When La Lumiere star Keion Brooks Jr. pulled a blue hat with a Wildcats logo on it out of a nearby bag Friday night, he sent a metaphorical dagger in the hearts of Indiana Hoosiers fans and a shockwave through Kentucky’s fan base widely known as the Big Blue Nation.

Brooks Jr., one of the top 2019 high school prospects, chose to join John Calipari’s empire surrounded by his family, Lakers coach Patrick Holmes and friends instead of taking the chance to become a home state hero with AAU teammate and good friend Trayce Jackson-Davis (who was also in attendance) and Indianapolis Cathedral star Armaan Franklin at Indiana.

As a former journalism student at the University of Kentucky, I was thrilled to see Brooks Jr. join the BBN. He’s an electric player that has NBA written all over him. I can’t wait to see what he does in Lexington next season, along with how the top-ranked Lakers do in the upcoming GEICO Nationals.

What followed after Brooks Jr. made his decision was a disgusting display of ignorance, arrogance and just stupidity by some of the other fans in the fan bases, specifically by a fan of Indiana.

In a tweet that has since been deleted, a bitter person told Brooks that he joined Kentucky because of Calipari’s fat wallet and he hopes that Brooks Jr. tears his ACL while playing for Kentucky next season. Unfortunately in college sports, this has become a common trend and it’s truly pathetic.

To his credit, Brooks Jr. not only gave this dunce the time of the day, but replied with class and humility.

“You have the right to disagree with the decision I made, but for you to continuously bash myself and my families character is unacceptable,” Brooks Jr. tweeted. “Also wishing injury upon me is just pathetic on your part. But I’m going to pray for my guy, because it’s obvious you need some help.”

How much of a bum do you have to be to tweet at a teenager — a teenager! — for making the biggest decision of his life that didn’t benefit you personally? It’s always weird to be upset with a 17, 18-year-old kid for not picking your favorite college basketball program, but it’s even worse on your part to wish injury or any other awful thing on him or his family.

Brooks Jr. deserves some credit for replying in a graceful way. He didn’t have to. He could’ve just ignored it.

But he decided to and put himself in a more positive light with the public for showing that kind of maturity in his response to this moron. Eyes have been on him since he was a freshman at North Side High School in Fort Wayne. He’s never shied away from it.

I know some of you are probably thinking, “Well, you like Kentucky! Of course you’re happy!”

It’s not even about that. I would’ve been happy for Brooks Jr. had he chosen Indiana, Michigan State or North Carolina. He’s from my hometown and he’s an amazing player. I’m a fan of Kentucky, sure, but I’m a fan of good players (and more importantly, good people) doing great things. He would’ve been great wherever he decided to commit. From the people that I’ve talked to that know him well, none of them have ever said a bad word about him.

The moral of the story is, don’t tweet at recruits that didn’t pick your favorite school. It’s dumb and you should be embarrassed for doing it. It’s their decision, not yours.

Instead of tweeting awful things at people that are probably much younger than you, read a book. Hey, you could even read a newspaper, wink wink. Learn how to sew or fish. Go ride a bike or run on the treadmill at the gym. Do something, anything, that’s productive with your life, not destructive.