While A Nation Celebrates Jacob Pullen SulksPosted by nvr1983 on May 1st, 2011
Like all of you we spent most of Sunday night and Monday morning celebrating the announcement by President Obama that US troops had killed Osama bin Laden. We spent the night transfixed by our television, the scenes across the nation, and the celebrations on Twitter. It turns out that not everyone was in a celebratory mood. Case in point former Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen:
Pullen’s Twitter account was bombarded by comments from others (like us) who were critical of his comments, but it was pretty clear that Pullen did not mind as the following series of Tweets clearly demonstrates.
While on some level we can understand Pullen’s sentiments and they mirror some we have ourselves (namely that there will probably be retaliatory attacks), his lack of understanding of how impactful September 11, 2001 was for the country is stunning. This is not the first time that Pullen has been at the center of a Twitter controversy and he is not the only well-known former college player to question the significance of the event (see the Twitter musings of Chris Douglas-Roberts), but Pullen’s lack of awareness of his surroundings (being in the US) is bewildering.
Pullen may have played his last significant game in the US for a while as most NBA Draft projections have him going in the late second round pick if he is drafted at all. Fortunately for Pullen, he will not have to endure what would be some of the most brutal taunting in all of college basketball as opposing fans would surely remember what would be interpreted as anti-American comments.