(Update: Dec. 27, 2012) Leonard Williams has apologized for his comments about El Paso. “I also think the people in El Paso are very welcoming and made me feel at home. Once again I apologize for speaking with out thinking,” he tweeted.
Another USC Football player has publicly expressed his hate for El Paso.
Freshman defensive tackle Leonard Williams tweeted moments ago “Out here in El Paso. Shitty city but glad I can enjoy this moment wit the USC family.” Williams is in El Paso to play Georgia Tech in the Hyundai Sun Bowl, Dec. 31. The tweet came just hours after USC showed up an hour late to a scheduled dinner with opponent Georgia Tech. According to 600 ESPN El Paso’s Duke Keith’s tweet, Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and his team left the dinner upset after USC did not show up.
The tweet resulted in a backlash of attacks from El Pasoans on Twitter. More than 200 tweets directed towards Williams were sent within an hour of the posting, according to Twitter search results.
User @Quackarazzi replied “Rather than being thankful for the opportunity, you take a shot at the city? Poor ambassadorship. Just win the game.” Local KINT sports anchor Harry Ruiz also commented, “What @LWtrojan94 tweeted is just wrong man …… embarrassed to be an SC fan in El Paso.” User @Melissa_F_Babyy tweeted “I believe El Paso gave you a warm welcome at the airport… shitty city? Smh. Damm fool.”
This is not the first time a USC football player publishes a “hate tweet” about El Paso; back on December 3 USC linebacker Tony Burnett tweeted “Georgia Tech!? El Paso, Texas!? New Years Eve!? FML.” Burnett deleted and apologized for the tweets moments later. USC Football coach Lane Kiffin apologized for the remarks during a press conference in El Paso on Dec. 6. “One of our 120 players put something on Twitter that is not representative of how we feel. That’s been addressed since and I would like to, myself, apologize to everybody down here,” he said.
Williams has received public criticism over his actions as a USC football player before. He allegedly punched a Colorado football player back in October, according to the Orange County Register website. He was evicted from that game. The report states that “teammates, including veteran defensive players T.J. McDonald and Nickell Robey, have given Williams firm but supportive advice about controlling his emotions on the field and not reacting in destructive ways, even if he is provoked.”
USC’s Leonard Williams is on the watch list for the National Freshman Performer of the Year award.