Matt McGloin needs to grow up and get a sense of humor.
Or, better yet… how about simply shut up?
You can judge for yourselves by reading the string of Tweets from SBN’s Jeff Junstrom (formerly of BSD). They are in ascending chronological order, so read them starting with the very bottom tweet. It starts out like any boring Wednesday night on Twitter. Evan Royster asks if anyone saw a movie he was watching. McGloin tweets back the ending of the movie, and in the process, issues a spoiler. So Junstrom tweeted in response: “Dick.” What ensued is something I just can’t wrap my head around…
Now, there is no sense in trying to explain why Junstrom did nothing wrong. If you need that explained, then you too have no sense of humor. But this is not something fans, bloggers, or even fellow teammates expect from a player who is supposedly vying for one of the most important leadership roles on the team. Taking issue with Junstrom’s simple “mention” of @MacQB11–as if he were some kind of deity–was bad enough. But to take the castigation another step further by apparently whipping out the “You don’t know me…” whine, was immature, if not down-right elementary school behavior.
But it’s not as if McGloin has come across as a likable guy up until now. He didn’t just have a bad night and spouted off out of character. No way, this is quite in character for the idol of #TeamMac. Like this fine nugget from Mac’s yap trap just a few weeks ago, during a very volatile time within the program, when Rob Bolden was considering transferring out of the program:
Tuesday night, McGloin was interviewed by ABC affiliate WNEP-TV at a high school basketball game in Scranton. He kept his comments about Bolden brief but had this sound bite: “If he does go it’s tough. He was a good backup to have.“
Did McGloin offer a comment that reflected any semblance of statesmanship? No way, Jose. Even if his comment wasn’t meant to be a jab at Bolden, McGloin shouldn’t have said anything at all during the situation. Again, this goes back to McGloin’s lack of mature restraint, something which is expected from someone representing Penn State in a very public media spotlight.
Do I think McGloin is a bad person? No. As he so directly pointed out, I/we don’t know him.
What I can go off of is what he’s shown publicly, which is that he’s just a jerk who runs his mouth when he should keep it shut.
The unfortunate part of all this isn’t that he’ll lose some fans. I’m sure more than a few folks will be turned off by this latest hissy fit. The unfortunate part of this is that he doesn’t seem to care. These aren’t Ohio State fans who he shot back at after a heckle. These have been his teammates, fans, and those who invest time to cover the team.
And if McGloin was really that upset about the absolute NOTHING Junstrom tweeted, then he’s in for a rude awakening the next few years of his football life. Because people in this business, particularly when that business is Penn State football, don’t like whinny, immature assholes.
Update: Well, this isn’t a true update in the sense that there is a new development in this story. But I did want to include this screencap from VBR’s Ben Jones, which illustrates further that McGloin’s attitude explosion last night was hardly an isolated incident: