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Alabama recruit getting shunned by Auburn fans for spurning Tigers

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In the latest example of people down South taking football a bit too seriously, Alabama linebacker recruit Rashaan Evans revealed to TideSports.com on Monday that, among other things, his family’s business has been targeted by Auburn fans angry that the Auburn, Ala., 5-star didn’t sign with the Tigers.

“It’s getting worse,” Evans said on Monday evening. “Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there. We are going to eventually start losing money. People are telling restaurants in the town not to serve us.

“It’s hard for me to go out and chill with my friends like I have always done because people keep coming up to me telling me I made a bad decision. It’s grown men. They are asking me why I did this to them. I told them I had to do what is best for me.

Evans also had words for those fans slamming his decision on social media.

“Social media has definitely been the worst. People on Instagram are telling me how they hope I tear my ACL in game one. They will laugh when I do. They are saying my family is horrible and how they didn’t raise me right. It’s just crazy.”

Such infantile behavior is, unfortunately, encouraged by the anonymity of the internet, where people venture to say things they would never say in person. Recruiting is a fertile breeding ground for this, especially in the SEC, where a player’s decision on where to attend college is regarded with the utmost importance.

In this case, let’s hope cooler and more mature minds prevail before someone’s livelihood is affected.

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56 Responses to “Alabama recruit getting shunned by Auburn fans for spurning Tigers”
  1. mikefoxtrottango says: Feb 11, 2014 1:02 AM

    Freaking embarrassing.

  2. afrancis55 says: Feb 11, 2014 1:06 AM

    Not sure why my fellow Auburn fans are still upset. He didn’t feel like he was a good fit for the ‘star’ position in Coach Johnson’s defense so he went to Bama where he may or may not see playing time. Honestly I don’t know if he is a good fit for the star position either because the spot is geared more towards safeties with linebacking skills rather than linebackers with safety skills.

    Good luck to Mr. Evans

    War Eagle!

  3. suprdok says: Feb 11, 2014 1:09 AM

    They really need to find something besides football in Alabama to create meaning in their lives! From the tree poison to other crazy behavior get a life people! It’s a frickin game!

  4. biggestredmiami says: Feb 11, 2014 1:10 AM

    “I told them I had to do what is best for me.”

    If you do make it to the NFL and it all works out, always keep this attitude. YOU put the work in and it was YOU who had options. YOU don’t owe anyone, besides your family, anything.

  5. zackmcpherson says: Feb 11, 2014 1:18 AM

    Auburn Fans should worry about their current players who have committed to their school like Bessent… he truly let Auburn down.

    Roll Tide!!!

  6. ningenito78 says: Feb 11, 2014 1:24 AM

    If you’re a grown ass man that feels the need to break a 17 year old kids balls on what college he decided to go to you literally define the word ‘loser’.

  7. lagoonajon says: Feb 11, 2014 1:51 AM

    He is dumb for thinking he will get playing time at jack linebacker considering the guys infront of him and how they normally use guys that are 20-30 lbs heavier. I don’t see evans gaining siZe like that….who knows though. Dumb move would have gone to UCLA, auburn or another school I I wanted to rush the passer. Problem with Alabama is you haft to be big to be used like that. But never the less he shouldn’t be shunned that’s just harsh!! But what do you expect when you live in a town were it just so happens to have a very serious D1 football team in it. And just so happens you commit to a hate rival what else is to be expected.

  8. lagoonajon says: Feb 11, 2014 1:59 AM

    I wonder what Saban promised this kid…when in the back on nicks head he’s like damn I don’t want to haft to play against him……yea evans we can do that

  9. lagoonajon says: Feb 11, 2014 2:05 AM

    Nick goes, “yea evans your going to get playing time at what ever position you feel comfortable, were also going to teach you how to fly, and look fly as hell why you do it”.

  10. louhudson23 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:15 AM

    It’s early yet and feelings are very raw.While there is no justification or rational thought behind any of this animosity,this was truly a shocker and little wonder feelings are hurt. Very,very few people thought there was any chance the legacy hometown player was not going to Auburn,and even less chance that he would actually(gasp!!) go to Alabama. While he had every right to make up his mind in his own time,the last second decision(his words) definitely shook some people up. A normal reaction in the existing environment. Which is a clear sign that the existing environment must change. The nonsensical frenzy and attention paid to these kids breeds this reaction. Of course,the whole rating and signing process is a big business now,and business knows how to get under and into peoples skin.

  11. meatcarroll says: Feb 11, 2014 4:52 AM

    They’re right. Kid made the worst decision of his life and is going to suffer the consequences forever. #WarEagle

  12. meatcarroll says: Feb 11, 2014 4:52 AM

    They’re right. Kid made the worst decision of his life and is going to suffer the consequences forever. #WarEagle

  13. 35longmiles says: Feb 11, 2014 6:21 AM

    Lagoonajon, you have no business owning a keyboard.

    HOW COULD EVANS DO THIS!?!?! I HOPE A GIANT SINKHOLE TAKES HIM, HIS HOME, AND HIS ENTIRE LINEAGE TO THE DEPTHS OF HELLLLLLLL!

  14. florida727 says: Feb 11, 2014 7:19 AM

    meatcarroll says: Feb 11, 2014 4:52 AM
    They’re right. Kid made the worst decision of his life and is going to suffer the consequences forever. #WarEagle

    ——————————————

    Not only is this the stupidest post in the thread, you posted it TWICE. How do you know it’s the “worst decision of his life”? Because he didn’t pick YOUR school? You don’t know anything about this kid’s life other than what you read online or in a newspaper. Don’t pretend to know what’s “best” for someone you don’t even know. He made his choice. Live with it. It’s a freaking game, you moron.

  15. tide4life says: Feb 11, 2014 7:20 AM

    Stay classy down there at the barn, y’all.

  16. 6superbowls says: Feb 11, 2014 7:44 AM

    Meatcarroll. More like Meathead.

  17. jagtiger says: Feb 11, 2014 7:54 AM

    Makes me sad to see the ignorance of some of the people in my home state!

  18. packerbadger says: Feb 11, 2014 8:31 AM

    Ahhhhh…. life in Alabumpkin’! Were there any trees involved?

  19. kastout11 says: Feb 11, 2014 8:47 AM

    Auburn fans and honestly college football fans in the SEC make me sick. I lived in Ga for 7 years and they are crazy too. You people need to get a life and let him live his. He choose to attend Alabama, Auburn fans need to deal with it. He made a decision that was best for him and unfortunately did not realize it would affect his family the way it has. He is a 17 year old young man. He picked the best program in the country, even though Auburn pulled off a miracle to beat Bama this year. Bama consistently beats Auburn, and I think Bama will beat Auburn all four years Evans attends Bama, because Bama is a better program than Auburn.

  20. packerbadger says: Feb 11, 2014 8:53 AM

    This is an established pattern in the $ECheat; esp in the state of Alabumpkin’. Can’t wait for norm and woeisme to defend this one! lol!

  21. sprizzle2182 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:02 AM

    afrancis55 says: Feb 11, 2014 1:06 AM

    Not sure why my fellow Auburn fans are still upset. He didn’t feel like he was a good fit for the ‘star’ position in Coach Johnson’s defense so he went to Bama where he may or may not see playing time. Honestly I don’t know if he is a good fit for the star position either because the spot is geared more towards safeties with linebacking skills rather than linebackers with safety skills.

    Good luck to Mr. Evans

    War Eagle!

    Wish more comments like this we’re being seen and heard by Rashaan…unfortunately for BOTH fan bases the crazy ones are usually much louder than the “normal” ones…i use normal loosely bc im still crazy, just a mature paint my face and name my dog saban kinda crazy…lol…

  22. salty45 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:10 AM

    @tide4life I will never really fully understand why you lower class citizens honestly think that “the barn” is a lower tier school. I was accepted in to alabama after the first time I took the ACT… In the 10th grade I might add. I have yet to reach the academic feat that is an acceptance letter from “the barn”, which requires a minimum of 26. An achievement that no bammer, and certainly not you could possibly fathom. So yes, your conclusion on our school being an agricultural school is correct, but the real jack ass (probably living in a single wide, almost as good as a barn) is you, sir.

  23. packerbadger says: Feb 11, 2014 9:17 AM

    On another note, another fine Alabumpkin alumni (don’t know if he graduated or not) Keith McCants was arrested for the TWELFTH time!! Yet ANOTHER $ECheat player in the Local Section! You can’t make this stuff up!! lol!

  24. tide4life says: Feb 11, 2014 9:20 AM

    @salty45: Like I said, y’all stay classy down there.

  25. rabbi187 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:27 AM

    Funny that Tide fans bash Tiger fans, but in reality, if the rolls were reversed, the exact same thing would be happening in Tuscaloosa.

  26. mediocrebob says: Feb 11, 2014 9:37 AM

    Just to clarify, I live in the North after living in lower Alabama for nearly 20 years. There is not a bit of difference in the fans. People like to focus on bama now bc they are dominating the sport. If say, Ohio state and Michigan were dominating, they’d be the center of attention.

  27. wadaea says: Feb 11, 2014 10:12 AM

    I am sure this is not the only place this happens. If a Ohio kid chooses Michigan or a Washington kid chooses USC I am sure comments are also made. The only reason this story gets told is because it is the SEC. Good luck to the kid but he did choose a school with a two game losing streak and hired lame kiffin. So time will tell..just give us a second nick……….

  28. tigersdawgs says: Feb 11, 2014 10:49 AM

    Good thing it was best for “HIM”! Looks like “HIS FAMILY” may be getting the worst end of it and he’s not even around to help! But atleast he knew it was coming and sad a 17-18 year old kid is the center of adult live’s!

  29. ratsfoiledagain says: Feb 11, 2014 10:52 AM

    meatcarroll says:
    Feb 11, 2014 4:52 AM

    They’re right. Kid made the worst decision of his life and is going to suffer the consequences forever. #WarEagle
    ********
    Troll alert!

  30. thraiderskin says: Feb 11, 2014 11:02 AM

    There will always be angry fans and stupid ones(lots and lots), but I personally have never heard of people trying to ruin a family over this sort of decision.

  31. dg0122 says: Feb 11, 2014 11:27 AM

    I’m sure that somehow financially his family will be ok…as always seems to happen at every $EC school

  32. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 11, 2014 11:28 AM

    I just don’t even know what to say about this….

    People need to grow up and start acting like adults….

    If I was an Auburn fan…. I’d be so embarrassed right now.

  33. tigersdawgs says: Feb 11, 2014 11:38 AM

    He just needs to get in touch with D.J. Fluker, and his family will be fine.

  34. mrlaloosh says: Feb 11, 2014 11:43 AM

    lagoonajon, the word is “have”, not HALF! Alabama moron.

  35. derekgorgonstar says: Feb 11, 2014 11:58 AM

    SEC! SEC! SEC! SEC!

  36. mediocrebob says: Feb 11, 2014 12:06 PM

    “Alabama moron”. Very creative. But that comment in fact makes you the moron. When you assume someone isn’t intelligent because they’re from the south, you show your ignorance. I’ve met a lot of dumb people in the Midwest. Just as many as in Alabama.

    Just because the SEC is dominating college football right now, doesn’t mean you should get jealous. Jealousy is ugly on everyone.

  37. wvuandsteelers says: Feb 11, 2014 1:10 PM

    Just give the Auburn folks a new coloring book and a big box of crayons and they’ll be fine.

  38. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 1:45 PM

    Interesting how everyone is bashing fans from the SEC and Alabama for taking the game so seriously that they’d send such hateful messages. Nothing said to this kid has been any worse than the messages B1G fan packerbadger posts to SEC fans on CFT every day. Yes, some fans are brimming over with hatred and use the anonimity of social media to act out. But those fans aren’t unique to the South … as we CFT readers are continually reminded.

  39. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 1:48 PM

    @afrancis55 …

    We frequently disagree, but thank you for an excellent post. Unfortunately, few fans have the sense to understand the issues regarding various skill sets that would play into a recruit’s decision-making process.

  40. chinahand11 says: Feb 11, 2014 2:09 PM

    Good lord, this reminds me of when I was in high school. The guys who had (long ago) graduated would hang around in the endzone during the games and holler out “tips” and criticism during the game, and afterward. Ugh.

    Don’t these hicks down-grading this kid have anything else to do with their lives? You would think they are all as dumb as meatcarroll, though that is stretching it.

    Leave the boy alone and let him life his life for HIM and his family! Poop-heads!

  41. onlyoneleft says: Feb 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    They should combine those two schools. It would enhance the value of both.

  42. mikeevergreen says: Feb 11, 2014 3:35 PM

    Time for Alabama to embrace soccer. Birmingham Vulcan FC sounds good. It’ll tkae the people’s minds off this stupid Alabama-Auburn rivalry.

  43. bozak86 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:22 PM

    So Sad!! Similar thing happened to Louisville QB recruit Kyle Bolin. He’s from Lexington and a man that also had his children with him challenged him to a fight because he committed to Louisville rather than Kentucky????

  44. Professor Fate says: Feb 11, 2014 6:42 PM

    Shunned? That word doesn’t mean what you think it means. The only thing being potentially shunned here is the family’s business. The rest of it is grade-school invective and the mindless rants and threats of troglodytes.

    To those who say this sort of thing happens in all conferences I can only shake my head. I don’t recall seeing this level of fanaticism anywhere else.

    When De’Anthony Thomas of Crenshaw High School spurned the normal pipeline to USC in favor of Oregon, Trojans fans were disappointed, but nobody threaten to try and ruin his family financially. He was hardly even booed when his team visit the Coliseum. He did what he thought was best for him.

    If someone doesn’t want to join your school/club/biker outfit/army/country aren’t you better off without them?

  45. normtide says: Feb 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    That’s the problem with social media. The auburn family turned real quick.

  46. bralinshan says: Feb 11, 2014 7:58 PM

    The irony of PackerBadger acting superior to anyone is pretty entertaining. This from a guy who wears a block of cheese on his head.

    I’ve lived in NYC, NJ, Indiana, AL, and GA…I wouldn’t go back up North to live for anything. Nice to visit but that’s it.

    If the South is so backward and terrible, then why are all the people from the North flocking here in record numbers? Gee, funny, you don’t see the people flocking in the other direction, it’s a one way pipeline. Maybe it has something to do with the quality of living. Ya think?

  47. blitzburghgator says: Feb 12, 2014 1:48 AM

    The Auburn fans doing this crap are worthless. Every fan base has bad apples, and some of AU’s are showing their back sides right now. That some football fans act childishly isnt exactly a shock.

    But so did the author of this blog or whatever you call it. Stereo-typing people from the south in the first sentence shows that this a-hole has no room to talk.

    Hey Chris, how about you take a good look at yourself before showing your back side too..

  48. packerbadger says: Feb 12, 2014 9:34 AM

    Yeah Deb, posting on a message board is the same as personally attacking this kid and his family and their business. I find it funny you’re so butt hurt that I point out FACTS about Alabumpkin and the $ECheat. You may have felt somewhat inferior being in the bottom half of your class up north; but when you moved down south you moved up to the top 15%.

    Blitzgator…. seems these “stereotypes” keep repeating themselves eh?

  49. jggallow01 says: Feb 12, 2014 11:33 AM

    This should be the best time of the young man’s life. I really hope he can escape the chaos surrounding him in the state of Alabama. Just my opinion, but perhaps his out-of-state school he had as a finalist – UCLA – was the best destiny and fit for him.

    Inexcusable the behavior going on here. Wrong in every way.

  50. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 2:55 PM

    I’ve never lived in the North, packerbadger, but IQ is IQ. It doesn’t change when you travel from one region to another.

    Likewise, posting hate in social media is the same whether you’re posting regional bigotry to Southerners here or Auburn fans are posting hatred for the Evans family. Their behavior is ridiculous, Harvey Updyke’s behavior was ridiculous, and your behavior is ridiculous. You’re all cut from the same cloth. For you to try and claim some high ground in light of your ongoing bigoted rants is ludicrous.

  51. packerbadger says: Feb 12, 2014 3:21 PM

    Typo on my part Deb about the north thing. Was directed at bralinshan….my bad.

    My pointing out the FACT that the SEC is more illiterate than any other conference is not hate. My pointing out the FACT that the SEC has more players showing up in the local section is not hate.
    My pointing out that the FACT that the south is more racist and bigoted than the rest of the country is not hate….just look at the recent “Jim Crow” laws that the southern states have passed.
    You don’t see this kind of krap happening in the Big 10. The writer even addressed the “south” thing because its real….so its not just me! Wake the eff up!!

  52. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 4:02 PM

    @packerbadger …

    Well, I thought about addressing Chris Huston, but then reread his comment. He said, “Recruiting is a fertile breeding ground for this, especially in the SEC, where a player’s decision on where to attend college is regarded with the utmost importance.”

    That’s true. Football passions run high here. I can’t deny that. Someone posted yesterday they’d seen this kind of thing go on between Louisville and Kentucky. I expect it happens in other places, but Alabama and Auburn probably do take it to a different level.

    But Packerbadger, you need to understand that’s a group of people, not all Southerners or even all Alabama/Auburn fans. I’m well aware of the South’s history since Reconstruction, of its racial and socioeconomic problems, of those working for the future and those mired in the past. I don’t need you to educate me on my own backyard. But I’m also aware of the racial problems in other parts of the country, of the ignorance and poverty in other regions–issues that seem to have escaped you. If you think none of these issues exist in B1G country, you’re kidding yourself.

    The hostility you spew on these blogs doesn’t have anything to do with trying to better the nation or enlighten people about race. It’s you venting because the SEC has been more successful in football in recent years. Or perhaps it’s you acting out because you hate living here and want to move. Either way, it’s a guy using the anonimity of the Web to rant. Don’t expect the people you rant at to empathize or to lie down and take it.

  53. normtide says: Feb 12, 2014 4:08 PM

    I wonder if Packer goes to a scripts spelling bee blog and talks football? Then again, what would he have to brag about on a football blog?

  54. packerbadger says: Feb 13, 2014 2:42 PM

    Norm, I’d try to explain it to you, but I can’t dumb myself down that far….sorry.

    Deb, football and most sports passion run high where I’m from too. When Green Bay wins a Super Bowl, or Wisconsin wins a National Hockey title, you don’t see people burning down the town, tipping over police cars, killing trees, etc. We also don’t go bumpkin’ on where someone decides to go to school for christsake. The problem with your regions history is that it really hasn’t changed that much. They just don’t run around with torches and pitchforks….at least that I’m aware of.

  55. dhardy8207 says: Feb 14, 2014 10:20 AM

    ““Someone actually put out an article about my family’s business telling all Auburn fans not to go there. People are telling restaurants in the town not to serve us.”

    ———————————————————

    Seeming how all businesses are in the business to make money, I don’t see an owner taking orders from the average joe fan. This statement lends one to believe that if someone has enough pull in that town to go around and tell restaurants not to serve them, then this is the actions of someone with money or a lot of clout…i.e. a booster or alumni…

    If thats the case then the Auburn fan base should really be ashamed of themselves and embarrassed…

  56. dhardy8207 says: Feb 14, 2014 10:26 AM

    packerbadger says:

    “The problem with your regions history is that it really hasn’t changed that much. They just don’t run around with torches and pitchforks….at least that I’m aware of.”

    ———————————————————

    Since you keep spouting off this lie, be a man and disclose what part of the south that you’ve witnessed all this lack of change. Man up and say what state and city your talking about. If you say Birmingham then I know you are LYING!! Birmingham was the boiling point of the racial divide in the 60s. Now 60% of the city and county government officials are black including the Mayor and Chief of police, so there is no more Bull Connor’s here. There are more interracial couples walking around than you can count, so KKK is not present here.

    Stop lying and man up and say where you know this BS your spouting off takes place!!!

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