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Rashaan Evans’ dad fires back at those trying to ‘crucify’ his son, family

Rashaan Evans

Since Rashaan Evans, an Auburn High School product, spurned his hometown school for hated rival Alabama on signing day, the five-star 2014 Tide signee has been the object of mean-spirited — and worse — treatment from shunned and jilted Tiger fans.

The linebacker revealed as much during an interview Monday, claiming that AU fans have called for a boycott of his family’s Corner Market store in Auburn while also tossing out the kindergarten-like “I hope you tear an ACL” card.  A day later, Evans’ father has added to the disturbing narrative.

Taking aim specifically at the Wild West that is Internet message boards as well as social media in an interview with al.com, Alan Evans boiled down the treatment of his son specifically and his family in general to one simple question: “how would you feel if this were your child?” Of course, in a perfect world those responsible for such juvenile behavior toward Evans’ son would be incapable of procreating, but his overall point is understood.

The elder Evans also called it “shocking and hurtful” that some in the community in which he lives would encourage a boycott of his business, an act that threatens to have “a negative impact on our livelihood.”

While understanding “that people in this state take football very seriously and that’s part of what makes it exciting,” the level of backlash against his son’s decision and the viciousness involved has taken the father by surprise.

“It’s kind of disturbing to know that it’s such a thin line between love and hate,” Alan said. “A couple weeks ago before he made his decision, Auburn was handing him the keys to the kingdom when they thought he was a lock. Now they want to crucify Rashaan and his family because he wanted to do what he thought was best for him and his future.”

Evans did, though, toss the ultimate dagger in the general direction of the AU fan base.

“I’m so glad that where thousands of Auburn fans have thrown my family away and ridiculed and scandalized our name, called us everything but a child of God, thousands of Alabama fans have embraced us and welcomed us to the Capstone. They have called us and let us know personally that they stand behind Rashaan and his family and awaiting his arrival to the University of Alabama.”

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51 Responses to “Rashaan Evans’ dad fires back at those trying to ‘crucify’ his son, family”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Feb 11, 2014 2:52 PM

    Some folks just need to get a real life of their own.

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 11, 2014 2:59 PM

    This happens everywhere across all sports. Didn’t Kevin Love take a lot of heat for going to UCLA? These kids are 17 or 18 and grown adults can’t get enough. Yet another reason “Signing Day” should be seriously scaled back in coverage.

  3. jets12 says: Feb 11, 2014 3:11 PM

    It’s just as bad as those that get on message boards and question the intelligence level of college players because they may not speak as eloquently as some think they should. It’s all sick and those that do such things should take stock of how imperfect they are. No one can stand up to constant scrutiny of others. Leave these young men alone and let them live their lives.

  4. wadaea says: Feb 11, 2014 3:16 PM

    I say to Rashaan and his dad to grow a pair. This is nothing serious. He was not a fit for AU and I am sure if he screws up at Alabama they will be sending him home. Why do all these football players and their parents do all this whining and get their feelings hurt. Time to man-up

  5. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 3:32 PM

    @wadaea …

    We had to listen nonstop whining over some trees that you people toilet-papered, creating a nasty, dirty public nuisance to be cleaned up every time you won a football game. Now I think what that nut did was horrible. But Alabama fans immediately launched a Facebook page that raised $50,000 to replace your venerable trees … that you respected by toilet-papering. And we still have to hear about them ad nauseum. No one was hurt. But your prosecutors tried to sent the nut to prison for longer than they send people who kill HUMAN BEINGS.

    Now we have Auburn fans threatening the livelihood of a family, and your response is to tell them to man up.

    Really? One nut killing trees that you did nothing but desecrate is a national disaster that our entire fanbase can make up for. But your entire fanbase trying to drive a family out of business is nothing?

    You people are freakin’ crazy.

  6. iftheresahellbelow says: Feb 11, 2014 4:07 PM

    Deb, besides Oklahoma(where I once lived), there isn’t a crazier fan base than Alabama(where I was born and raised). I told a friend that the Sugar Bowl needed to be played outside because I wasn’t sure if it could hold Alabama and Oklahoma’s ego without exploding. Before you get so high and mighty, there have been numerous cases of your secret “Machine” boycotting businesses in T-town because people wouldn’t pull out of SGA races so it could be dominated by “the Greeks”. There are crazy people in every fan(short for fanatic) base. I doubt anyone in Auburn could give a rip about your opinion on Toomer’s Corner. Try focusing all this energy on race relations in your precious T-Town so us fellow southerners don’t have to listen to national media stories of students protesting due to discrimination in fraternities and sororities. You see Deb, you can’t pick and choose what type of discrimination you want to champion without seeming like an idiot, which I’m sure your not. Discrimination is everywhere, of all types, even in mighty T-town. Be careful on casting those stones. They hurt when they come back at you. And by the way, those people who want to boycott that man’s business aren’t worth walking through his door in the first place. As a business owner, I bet 99% of them are too much of a coward to admit it to that man’s face anyway.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 11, 2014 4:24 PM

    @ Deb…. you said what I wanted to but wasn’t quite sure how to….

    Auburn fans should be deeply embarrassed by these actions.

  8. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 4:24 PM

    @iftheresahellbelow …

    Honey, we’re not talking about discrimination or race relations here. We all know the history of race relations in the South, particularly in Alabama where George Wallace stood in the doorway at the University and made a national spectacle of himself. And I’m on record at CFT as being a big Affirmative Action kind of gal who doesn’t cut anyone–including Alabama–slack when it comes to racism.

    We’re also not talking about the Machine. I grew up on Tide football, but am not a Bama grad and refuse to take any responsibility for that nonsense. However, I’m well aware of the Machine. I’m also on record as being rabidly anti-Greek (which is where most of that kind of crap originates).

    This discussion is about bad fan behavior. Since my post talked about what a NUT Harvey Updyke is, then OBVIOUSLY I’m not on a high horse about Bama fans being genteel specimens of good sportsmanship. I’m simply saying I’m tired of hearing how we’re the worst sports in the state when in reality, the NUTS are fairly evenly divided between the two teams.

    Got it?

  9. mikefoxtrottango says: Feb 11, 2014 4:29 PM

    I’m neither an Auburn nor Alabama graduate but from where I’m standing it seems to me that when you have fans that:
    -poison 100 year old trees
    -teabag opposing fans
    -petition the conference after your rival beats you crying about the officiating

    You should probably just keep your mouth shut.

  10. overratedgators says: Feb 11, 2014 4:38 PM

    A group of people threatening the lives and livelihood of an entire family, because of, what is, in the grand scheme of things, just a meaningless game.

    There’s no nice way to say this: if you even remotely think that’s OK, you’re a fucking idiot.

  11. iftheresahellbelow says: Feb 11, 2014 4:40 PM

    Deb, first I am not your honey. Secondly, the point was look at your own pathetic house before you criticize someone else’s. Got it?

  12. wareagle1961 says: Feb 11, 2014 4:51 PM

    Alan’s still angry that Pat Dye passed him over to start another tailback.

    Worked out ok for Pat though. Google Vincent Jackson, and you’ll see what I mean.

  13. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 4:53 PM

    iftheresahellbelow …

    And my point was that you were being an ass and I’ll post as I please … though clearly you are incapable of getting it.

    Auburn shares responsibility for any racism in the state and right now we’re talking about Auburn’s pathetic house. You and mikefoxtrottango clearly can’t handle having the spotlight turned on your house for a change … but that’s where it is.

    The difference in these incidents is that Harvey Updyke and Brian Downing are two individual idiots, who paid for their criminal behavior. And whether or not a handful of idiots circulated a petition is irrelevant–it didn’t hurt anyone. Thousands of Alabama fans raised money to replace those trees. But in this case, thousands of Auburn fans are banding together to hurt a family, and all you two aces can do in response is attack me for commenting on it. Who needs to man up?

  14. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 4:55 PM

    Oh and if you’d spent more than 30 seconds in the South, you’d know “Honey” isn’t a compliment.

  15. wareagle1961 says: Feb 11, 2014 5:13 PM

    Having spent the first 35 years of my life in Baldwin County, I can attest that there are plenty of idiots on both sides of this.

    The thing that irritated so many AU fans was they way the Evan’s seemingly family played the AU coaches.

    But hey they well paid big boys and will move past it. It probably took them about 00:01 seconds.

    Fans however can take longer.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 11, 2014 5:22 PM

    Here’s the appropriate response from Auburn Fan….

    We really wanted Rashaan to play here for us at Auburn, he decided to play for our arch rival and that is very disappointing. But even more disappointing is the reaction of some of our fans. I feel that this reaction represents only a small percentage of Auburn fans but it is embarrassing none the less. So Auburn, fans, instead harassing the families of kids that didn’t come here, let’s celebrate the players that did. And as always… War Damn Eagle!

    But here’s what we’re getting

    “Stop whining and man up!”

    “I hope you fall into a sinkhole and your whole family dies.” (I sincerely hope this one is sarcastic)

    “Your fans are worse than ours….”

    “We didn’t want him anyway, he’ll never get on the field at Bama….”

    Auburn fans reaction to this is almost as embarrassing as the harassment itself….

  17. straightcashhomey1 says: Feb 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    Cade Foster says hello….bammer “fans”

  18. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 6:02 PM

    @straightcashhomey1 …

    Well, hello right back to Cade Foster. Like dozens of other Bama fans on Tide boards the night of the Iron Bowl, I was posting love and support for our kicker.

    Again, as 8to80texansblog keeps saying, rather than manning up to your own bad behavior, you keep deflecting and saying other fans behave badly, too. Yes, they do. But that doesn’t let you off the hook for your behavior to toward the Evans family.

  19. classyjacklambert says: Feb 11, 2014 6:25 PM

    Yes Jets12, turning a town against a family and threatening someone’s livelihood is just as bad as making fun of someone who has almost graduated college and can’t spell basic words or complete simple sentences on a college football message board… wow you’re really stretching on that one.

  20. bmartin7024 says: Feb 11, 2014 6:48 PM

    Well, thousands of Bama fans were tweeting Foster death threats and I haven’t boycotted Evans’ store.

    See how easy this is?

  21. straightcashhomey1 says: Feb 11, 2014 7:14 PM

    @Deb the point is bad and immature behavior cuts across all bases. While you want to focus on Auburn I would suggest sticking to lecturing your own fanbase. Auburn is not unique

  22. jets12 says: Feb 11, 2014 7:38 PM

    @classlessjackass I don’t expect you to understand. Way over your head. But I don’t expect much from you in the way of thought anyway, so no harm no foul.

  23. normtide says: Feb 11, 2014 7:46 PM

    Auburn and Alabama both have some fans that go to far. That whole auburn family slogan has lost its shine of late. Stop berating a kid because of his choice of college. Why would you want him if he doesn’t want to be there. Plenty of talented kids who do.

  24. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 7:46 PM

    straightcashhomey1 …

    I did focus on Alabama when the story was about Alabama. I slammed Harvey Updyke on the trees, Brian Downing on the tea-bagging, the dimwits circulating a petition to grant Alabama an overtime after the Iron Bowl, and the fools harassing Cade Foster. When our fans behaved like idiots, I called them out right here on CFT. And I’ve called them out again today.

    But now your fans are behaving like idiots. And rather than calling them out … you are calling out Alabama’s fans from previous incidents. And you are telling me to ignore your fans’ behavior and call out my own fans–which I did at the time and have done here.

    AGAIN, you can’t seem to man up and address your own fans WHILE they are being asses. Instead, you and bmartin7024 can only manage to talk about other fan bases.

    Yes, bmartin7204, I see how easy it is to call out other fan bases while ignoring your own. It’s called being spineless. And you’re very good at it. Must have had a lot of practice.

  25. classyjacklambert says: Feb 11, 2014 7:59 PM

    Lol… yes you’re subtlety and intellect are profound jets.

  26. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 8:03 PM

    For the Auburn fans who cannot bring themselves to condemn the radical members of their fan base for harassing this kid, prefering instead to harp on old news about Bama fans we’ve already condemned ad nauseum … here’s a hint about the anatomical problem you seem to be having:

  27. jets12 says: Feb 11, 2014 8:24 PM

    Hey classlessjackass I’m glad you finally acknowledged my superior intellect as it compares to yours. But the more I think about it, coming from you it’s really not that big of a deal. But don’t you worry classless. In the future I will try and make sure my posts are more in line with your level of understanding. Now where can I get my hands on The Cat In The Hat series.

  28. classyjacklambert says: Feb 11, 2014 8:38 PM

    Wow… You really just don’t get it…

  29. bmartin7024 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:01 PM

    Sure, Deb, I don’t agree or condone anyone messing with the Evans’, but you’ve been on your high horse this whole thread. Get off of it, unless you want to start keeping count of the instances which each fanbase has shown how crazy they are.

  30. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 9:13 PM

    bmartin7024 …

    You may have been on CFT for a hot minute, but I had Havey Updyke and Brian Downing shoved in my face over and over and over and over and over and over and over. And that’s despite the fact that, unlike you, I condemned them with my FIRST comments without alluding to other fan bases or making excuses or blaming the Auburn fans for bringing it up.

    When I tried to comment that most Bama fans are good people who raised $50,000 to replace Auburn’s trees, one jackass Auburn fan came on EVERY thread and slammed my unsportsmanship for daring to speak of that fund-raising effort. We weren’t even allowed to suggest that most Bama fans were doing the right thing when Updyke–a lone nut–had poisoned your trees.

    So yeah, today it was our turn to point out MANY Auburn fans’ bad behavior (as opposed to the behavior of a lone nut). But rather than taking it like adults, as 8to80texansblog said, all you’ve done is harp on how I’m on a high horse and should stick to talking about Bama fans. As I said, you are spineless weasels who aren’t man enough to own your fans’ behavior. All you can do is deflect onto me. And that’s what you’re STILL doing.

    Whine on.

  31. bmartin7024 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:15 PM

    Nevermind, looking back at your first post, you are one of the crazies. Make some negative remarks about an Auburn tradition, then talk about how great Bama fans are. After that, talk about threatening the Evans’ “livelihood” when it’s just a little convenient store across from a housing project Did you know that Mrs. Evans has her doctorate? I highly doubt a store that didn’t get much traffic anyway would put them out if it went under. I guess at the end of the day you “just have too much Bama in you”.

  32. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 9:27 PM

    Again, a master of deflection. Mrs. Evans has a doctorate, so clearly her family doesn’t really need the income from that convenience store … near the projects … which didn’t get much traffic anyway. But you’d never condone threatening a family’s livelihood. I applaud your fiery damnation of the fans’ appalling behavior. Your concern for the Evans family is palpable.

    And yes, of course, my questioning the environmental soundness of repeatedly trashing large oak trees with toilet paper in the name of community “tradition” makes me crazy. Thank you for clearing that up.

    By the way, Mr. Pryor, how do you like your pull-up pants?

  33. bmartin7024 says: Feb 11, 2014 9:32 PM

    It’s obvious that you needed me or someone to clear that up for you, so, you’re welcome.

  34. Deb says: Feb 11, 2014 9:46 PM

    They fit quite well, I see :)

  35. jets12 says: Feb 12, 2014 3:56 AM

    @classlessjackass if you mean by “don’t get it” that I don’t understand your juvenile mindset, trust me I “get it.” You on the other hand are blissfully ignorant and comfortable being the village idiot. And that’s fine. Every village needs an idiot and you are ours. Embrace it. You fit the role perfectly.

  36. auburntigers34 says: Feb 12, 2014 5:14 AM

    the real Deb finally comes out. I guess that you’re just as angry, crass, and delusional as the other typical bama fans out there.

    your comments about the trees are really offensive and if anyone needs to drop the subject, it’s you. but you can’t seem to resist bringing the subject up …..and how wonderful bama fans are because some of them were embarrassed/ashamed enough to want to want to do some damage control for bama’s image.

    that stupid Tide for Toomers charity will never make up for the fact that the trees are gone because the idiots in your fan base can’t control themselves.

  37. auburntigers34 says: Feb 12, 2014 5:15 AM

    and yes, if you think that rolling trees is desecrating or in any way harming the trees, you’re a full-blown lunatic.

  38. suprmous says: Feb 12, 2014 6:31 AM

    If “Honey” isn’t a compliment you married guys bettah think of somethin sweetah to call your wives, just sayin. Glad to know the one who spouted off that it wasn’t a compliment wasn’t in the presence of the Bear when she said that cause he used to call Mary Harmon that quite a bit and just again, just sayin.

  39. Romulus says: Feb 12, 2014 9:27 AM

    Ah, old deb on here spouting her blind bama faith. Evans knew what he was getting himself into when he runs onto the field and celebrates auburn wins but decides to play out the recruiting process in the public eye twisting the knife in to his small community. Do people over react, hell yes but to think that Alabama fans are not delusional is the most asinine thing to say. We all saw the Facebook posts for cade and people get shot and killed by your ignorant fans. Just own it crimson necks.

  40. joewilliesshnoz says: Feb 12, 2014 9:59 AM

    From a frozen North, all I can say is, yinz are hilarious.

  41. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 12, 2014 10:34 AM

    joewilliesshnoz says:
    Feb 12, 2014 9:59 AM

    From a frozen North, all I can say is, yinz are hilarious.
    ________________________

    Apparently it’s frozen in Alabama too…. literally..

  42. thraiderskin says: Feb 12, 2014 11:14 AM

    Oh my god! SEC fans are fighting… you have made my minute.

    …and boo to the use of yinz, keep that crap in Pittsburgh.

  43. Deb says: Feb 12, 2014 11:25 AM

    @auburntigers34 …

    All fan bases have their good and bad. All fans have their breaking points. And few things in life are black and white.

    As a Bama fan, I do “hate” Auburn. Yes, I find the rolling of Toomer’s Corner a strange custom. Yes, I think it’s nasty to overload trees with toilet paper. Then again, Auburn traditions aren’t my business, so I’ve kept that to myself until yesterday.

    No matter what I think of TPing trees, I repeatedly condemned Harvey Updyke, called for him to be locked up and permanently banned from all Bama functions. That kind of behavior has no place in sports rivalries, and I’ve been crystal clear on that from the get-go.

    You’re ranting that the $50,000 couldn’t possibly pay for the trees. What you and other Auburn fans don’t understand is that Alabama fans don’t owe Auburn ONE PENNY to replace those trees. Updyke acted alone. The Alabama fan base raised money as a purely charitable act–which Auburn fans have repeatedly thrown back in their faces.

    If you’ll look back, you’ll see my original post was directed specifically to an individual who was telling the Evans family to man up. As I said … despite the fact that the tree poisoning was the act of one person, ALL Bama fans have had that thrown in our faces NONSTOP. But when thousands of Auburn fans harass a family, none of you express a word of condemnation and instead blame the family for their own predicament (or me for commenting on it).

    I stand by my comments on this subject. And every post you all make complaining about Alabama fans while ignoring the behavior of your own fan base just further drives home the point.

  44. mediocrebob says: Feb 12, 2014 12:01 PM

    This stuff happens everywhere. People refusing to believe that it happens within their fanbase is as blind as they are ignorant. I’ve lived in multiple college towns, all of which has it’s over the top, crazies. It’s the world we live in. Threatening a family’s livelihood is inane but sadly not where all of this ends. It will continue to happen all over.

  45. lawson1974 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:14 PM

    Dont poop where you eat.

    Maybe he needs to move the store

  46. grega345 says: Feb 12, 2014 12:18 PM

    As an Alabama graduate and lifetime fan I find the actions of Updyke, Downing, the fools with the petitions and the entire bunch of worthless idiots who threatened Cade Foster appalling, and beyond comprehension of how anyone could act in such a way toward others.

    I dislike Auburn, that’s part of the rivalry, but I hate that the trees are gone (regardless of what we Bama fans think of the traditions of rolling them) but for someone to post here that the people who attempted to do the right thing in Tide for Toomer’s are stupid is just another reason why this rivalry has become toxic and almost unenjoyable anymore.

    The fact is that ALL fan bases have their lunatics who go to far, and it has been well documented lately the things Bama fans have done, but labeling us all with the same brush is wrong too, just like thinking all Auburn fans are like the one’s involved in the Evans issues.

    As another poster so eloquently stated, “own it crimson necks,” and I do. I HATE what Updyke and the other did, but at the same time you Auburn fans should do the same and own what is going on with Evans and stop continually bringing up other fans bad behavior.

    Rehashing Bama fans misdeeds doesn’t excuse he Auburn fan’s misdeed now, so man up Auburn fans and own this just like I will be doing the next time one of our idiots does something else shameful and stupid.

  47. bamabelle3 says: Feb 12, 2014 1:28 PM

    Whatever fan base, in whatever state, in whatever sport, there is a thing called “respect”. And after reading most of the comments above, that respect is lacking everywhere. Ignorance permeates our society. There are always going to be people who say and do things that are ignorant and disrespectful in every venue. The bottom line is, as my mom used to say, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all!” There is no need to attack each other, or anyone’s team of choice. We each have our favorite team, and to each, their own.

  48. Romulus says: Feb 12, 2014 2:41 PM

    http://auburn.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1608589

    hey rashaan, get over it.

  49. normtide says: Feb 12, 2014 4:13 PM

    Hey auburn fans, get over it. Same thing happened last year. What kind of “family” is auburn?

  50. willdigg says: Feb 14, 2014 10:11 PM

    @ Deb, I got your back here because I have experienced the exact situations that you have been describing on dealing with some, and notice I did say some, Auburn fans.

    Now let me clarify that I do know all too well about some of our own Bama fans behavior as not being acceptable, but like another poster said, All teams have fans that will embarrass the entire fan base. Now with that being said, I will say this.
    Rashaan Evans did what he thought was best for him and his future. Why can’t the Auburn fans just respect that and move on?
    The decision that he made, I feel sure, was a difficult one for him to make and I really can’t see the point in people badgering this young man for making it. Just remember that he is an 18 year old and his family will be behind him all the way. Just the same as if this were happening to your son. You may not fully agree with his decision but it was his to make and you would respect it and back him on it too.
    I say to Rashaan and his Family: Welcome to the Bama Family.

  51. taintedlombardis says: Feb 18, 2014 1:50 PM

    Only in Alabama. A regressive failure of a state.

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