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DaeSean Hamilton Defends PSU against Olbermann with Two Words

We’ve all heard the classic Herm Edwards rant regarding questionable content making its way to social media.

“Don’t press send,” is his message to future NFL stars, urging them not to post anything to social media that could potentially backfire. And while most of us believe that’s pretty sound advice for professional and collegiate athletes alike, sometimes an athlete moving his thumb over the blue button is worth the potential controversy.

For Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, that was the case.

On Monday, ESPN personality Keith Olbermann received plenty of attention from Penn State students, alumni and fans in the Twitter-sphere after responding relatively harshly to a tweet praising the university’s Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon for raising more than $13 million to support children and families fighting pediatric cancer.

After receiving plenty of backlash for his untimely response, Olbermann resorted to somewhat desperate measures, downplaying the worthiness of a Penn State degree with a few more tweets.

Following flurry of tweets and responses that labeled Penn State students as illiterate and unethical by Olbermann, Hamilton finally fought back and said what most people in Happy Valley were thinking.

Due to a rather vulgar phrase that was used, we won’t post the actual tweet from Hamilton on the site…but you can view it here.

More times than not, folks from the outside looking in would categorize Hamilton as another athlete who needs to take a social media crash course or someone who needs to just needs to steer clear of it all together. But in this instance, it’s hard to blame an individual supporting his school.

Sure, it may not have been the most appropriate way to respond to someone as distinguished as Olbermann, but after watching multiple people be damned for their choice to further their education at Penn State, it’s difficult to find a polite sentence to express yourself.

For a university, student body and alumni base that has battled its fair share of demons since the Jerry Sandusky scandal swept through Happy Valley, there was something inherently positive to celebrate on the campus.

Olbermann tried to dismiss the accomplishment. Hamilton wouldn’t allow it.

Undoubtedly, the Nittany Lion receiver will receive some sort of punishment from his head coach James Franklin. Dropping that two-word phrase to a high-profile personality on a national platform can’t go without consequence, and that’s understandable. Whatever Franklin deems necessary, Hamilton will have to cooperate with.

Given the circumstances, however, I hope that Franklin gives Hamilton a bit of a break for defending his university and fellow students against some loud mouth attempting to turn his inappropriate retort into a libelous tirade about Penn State

Typically, a response like Hamilton’s would end his existence on Twitter and perhaps in any social media arena. This time, going against Herm Edwards’ word was understandable.

For Hamilton, this wasn’t a verbal assault to Olbermann, it was an act of self-defense for Penn State University, its students, the alumni and an organization that raised more than $13 million for a great cause.

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