Tennessee QB Tyler Bray tweets about ‘bandwagon fans’ after loss to Mississippi State (updated with apology)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray took to social media after the Vols’ 41-31 loss to Mississippi State Saturday night.

He tweeted: “We got some bandwagon fans. Hopefully my apt. Isn’t egged.”

Bray has more than 32,000 followers on his account. The tweet, sent at 1:49 a.m., was rapidly retweeted by more than 250 users.At some point Sunday morning, the tweet was deleted from Bray’s account.

By Sunday afternoon he had issued an apology. 

Here’s some of the reaction in cyberspace…

[<a href=”http://knoxblogs.com/evanseleven/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/10/tennessee-qb-tyler-bray-on-twitter” target=”_blank”>View the story “Tennessee QB Tyler Bray on Twitter” on Storify</a>]<h1>Tennessee QB Tyler Bray on Twitter</h1><h2>Some thought he was calling out fans in a tweet after loss to Mississippi State, but many are supportive</h2><p>Storified by Evan Woodbery &middot; Sun, Oct 14 2012 00:37:53</p><div>Here’s the tweet in question…</div><div>We got some bandwagon fans. Hopefully my apt. Isn’t egged.Tyler Bray</div><div>Now here’s some context. One of Bray’s good friends is Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray. Murray returned from a loss at South Carolina last week&nbsp;to find his house egged and rolled with toilet paper. So the egging reference wasn’t out of left field.</div><div>Home of UGA QB Murray, linebacker &amp;#39;egged and rolled&amp;#39; | AJC Sports …6 days ago … A house shared by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray and senior linebacker Christian Robinson was egged and rolled Saturda…</div><div>One of my colleagues noted that there really hasn’t been much of a Tennessee “bandwagon” to jump on for&nbsp;several&nbsp;years, so perhaps that was a poorly chosen phrase. But you have to assume players hear a lot of nonsense on Twitter and perhaps after losing an emotional game, Bray vented. Or perhaps he was just making a joke. In any case, Twitter reaction came quickly — and much of it was supportive.</div><div>@tbrayvol8 need ya back next year Bray. Good game hold you head up. #volforlifeBrett </div><div>@tbrayvol8 some people just claim to be a #VFL can’t win them all. Good game thoughZach Sisco</div><div>@tbrayvol8 bandwagon or unsatisfied? 100k average attendance leads me to believe we’re unsatisfied. Keep improving. Hope apt is clean. #VFLSteve the Dude</div><div>@tbrayvol8 no bandwagon here. Proud of your effort, bro!Chad Crawford</div><div>@tbrayvol8 Bandwagon is the Wrong Term. Pissed off Fans is more like it. Bandwagon requires winning.Gary Ricker</div><div>Other fans noted the irony of Bray’s tweet, given that he was linked (but never charged) with two <a href=”http://knoxblogs.com/evanseleven/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2012/10/tyler-bray-roommate-accused-of-throwing-beer-off” class=””>vandalism incidents</a> prior to the season.</div><div>@tbrayvol8 the fans are behind the team, just tired of Dooley. Be happy they don’t throw beer bottles at your apt #PotMeetKettle #GrowUpDerrick Murphy</div><div>Lol Tyler Bray saying he hopes his apartment doesn’t get egged no we just throw beer bottles and golf balls at it sound familiar moronShawnFinchum</div><div>Here’s what former Tennessee receiver Jayson Swain had to say…</div><div>It was BS Aaron Murray got his house egged last week and I feel what Bray saying but calling out the fans is not a good idea. JMOJayson Swain</div><div>We do have some idiot fans like any other fanbase, but I dont see anything wrong with fans being pissed their team lost.Jayson Swain</div><div>Again, with the Twitter/FB age, theres no telling what is being said to the Vol players. They just gotta ignore it..Jayson Swain</div><div>Before sending his tweet, Tyler Bray talked to reporters. He said his knee is fine, although he appeared to be playing through some pain in the second half.</div><div>Vols QB Tyler Bray Media Session Post MSU (10/13/12)utsportstv</div>

5 thoughts on “Tennessee QB Tyler Bray tweets about ‘bandwagon fans’ after loss to Mississippi State (updated with apology)

  1. jack

    Hey Tyler, if nobody egged your place after you ended the Georgia game with 3 consecutive turnovers, they ain’t gonna egg you now. Grow up.

  2. CrankE

    Every team has bandwagon fans. Every team is the horse that can pull the bandwagon.
    That whole horse-cart thing works best with the horse in the front though.

  3. David

    Dooley has done a good job getting the right attitude about life, etc. etc. Now we need a knock down drag out, hard-nosed coach to teach. How to play football. Dooley could stay on as a counselor.

  4. Monica

    Those “bandwagon” fans are the very ones who buy the tickets. They spend their entire Saturday tailgating and attending the games, buying concessions and Tennessee swag to continually show their support of this team. Is it too much to ask for a decent season? What if those “bandwagon” fans take their support and their money and head on down the road to Alabama?? It certainly didn’t take Nick Saban this long to turn that program around. Derek Dooley was hired with a mediocre record and that his record with Tennessee is just as mediocre. The difference is that people expect LA Tech to be mediocre. The Tennessee football program is a completely different level. He either doesn’t know how to pick players who can get the job done or he really is a bad coach. He needs to make some changes on the field IMMEDIATELY!!!

  5. Kevin Holland

    No one knows what Bray goes through. That is a lot of pressure. We all collectively hold our breaths and hope BRAY HAS A GOOD GAME THIS WEEK ! Look at the dropped passes during the GA and FL games! Who ends up taking it up the hiney? BRAY. So, he is not Peyton…he is a young man in College attempting to have some fun (which I believe that is what the tweet was) Bray sending a message to in his mind were his buddy’s, then after pushing the send button…OH S_ _ _ ! Kind of like the beer tossing deal.
    Not everyone can look at game films 16 hours a day. Some play by feel, and although we have turned football into a religion….SOME OF THE WISER AMONGST US CAN ACTUALLY STILL PLAY (AND WATCH) FOR ……F U N !

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