BC soccer player tweets about Sandusky, gets suspended
When Boston College travels to Penn State this weekend for a game in the NCAA women’s soccer tournament, they will be without their second-best scorer, sophomore forward Stephanie McCaffrey. McCaffrey was suspended from the game by the BC administration after she posted a series of tweets about Jerry Sandusky and the Penn State showers.
Word quickly spread about the tweets, causing McCaffrey to delete them, and subsequently delete her entire twitter account. Boston College athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement that McCaffrey apologized for her actions and that she “exhibited insensitivity towards Penn State and the abuse victims.”
Bates added that “this type of behavior is not tolerated among our student-athletes.”
In June, Sandusky was convicted of abusing 10 boys over the course of 15 years at his football camp on the Penn State Campus. Onward State, a blog about Penn State, captured all of Stephanie’s tweets via screen cap before they were deleted.
In today’s world, it’s important for student-athletes, and everyone for that matter, to monitor what they share. McCaffrey should have had the foresight to see that the world had access to her tweets. Jokes about rape just aren’t funny. Unfortunately for her–and her teammates–she is learning that lesson the hard way.
This is McCaffrey’s second year on the team, and she has the second most goals on the team. She is a key player that could have made an impact in the NCAA tournament game.