D.J. Gardner Dismissed From Mississippi State Basketball Team For Dissing Coach On Twitter

Ryan Cameron, a radio personality on V103 radio station in Atlanta, has this funny saying about Twitter ­– “Twitter is the Devil.” He says Twitter is the Devil because Twitter, and social media in general, get a lot of people in trouble.

That was the case for Mississippi State freshman guard D.J. Gardner.

Gardner was dismissed from the basketball team by coach Rick Stansbury for “repeated actions deemed detrimental to the team.” In layman terms he was dissing Stansbury on Twitter over his decision to redshirt him. ESPN.com have the details.

Gardner, a 6-foot-7 guard from Okolona, Miss., was expected to be redshirted this season. The freshman apparently wasn’t happy with that decision, posting profanity-laced remarks on his Twitter account, according to The Clarion-Ledger.

Gardner’s Twitter account has since been deleted. Gardner is the fourth Bulldogs player to leave the program in nine months — joining Twany Beckham, John Riek and Elgin Bailey.


Angela Gardner said her son had been lied to earlier this year when, as a recruit, he was told he would see significant playing time, The Clarion-Ledger reported.

“I was told no decision would be made until November about D.J. being redshirted,” Angela Gardner told The Clarion-Ledger. “Imagine my surprise when I saw it come across Channel 9 news.”

D.J. Gardner’s mother told the newspaper he approached his coaches about redshirting his freshman year after being told he would be part of a three-player rotation at the guard position.

“It’s like they sold him a dream,” she said.

Some people, including myself, like to use Twitter to express their feelings whether its happiness, sadness or anger. If you’re expressing your anger over something somebody said or did to you, it’s usually best to keep it to yourself if that person can read your tweets.

Gardner was definitely dumb for cursing out his coach on Twitter. Even his mama said it was dumb.

“I don’t uphold my kid when he is wrong,” she said. “I don’t like the tweets. It’s not acceptable to me but he was upset.”

If he was so upset about the decision the best thing to do was to go to his coach and talk to him in a reasonable manner. Not go and curse your coach out on Twitter.


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