NJ.com- Former Rutgers offensive lineman Anthony Davis tweeted one of the violent videos of Wednesday's Virginia shooting, drawing scrutiny on Twitter for posting the graphic footage.
Videos from alleged gunman Bryce Williams of Wednesday morning's Virginia shooting of two WDBJ employees and an interview subject during a live broadcast were posted on Wednesday. While Twitter quickly removed Williams' content, it still remains viewable in other forms.
The video Davis posted shows Williams standing behind the three victims and then opening fire. The video is still posted on Davis' Twitter page as of 1:30 Wednesday afternoon.
Davis quickly received backlash from other Twitter users, demanding that he delete the Tweet. Davis did not directly reply to any comments, but he did send this Tweet 14 minutes after posting the video, which has since been deleted.
Bravo Star Ledger, bravo. Grind that ax, and grind it good. There's your hard hitting news of the week. The story of a disgruntled former employee murdering an innocent reporter and cameraman? Nope. The racial undertones of an African American homosexual committing that needless execution? Nah. It's the former Rutgers offensive lineman that tweeted out a video, albeit horrific, that literally 90% of the world saw anyway. That's fucking journalism baby! A "trusted" online publication ignoring the social ramifications of a VIRAL MURDER to continue to run the Rutgers name through the mud.
Jesus Christ, they are starting to make my stance on all things 'New York Rangers' look astute and objective. Still wondering why Rutgers AD Julie Hermann would love to see the Star Ledger, metaphorically speaking, go down in flames? This is just a guess, but it's probably because they are the only newspaper that cries 'SCANDAL!' every time they hear the 'R' word. Is this just a desperate attempt to get people to forget that they tried to turn an innocent e-mail from Kyle Flood to a faculty member into WaterGate? I would be disgruntled too if my 'story' got buried after Kyle Flood released a rational response basically laughing it off just a half hour later. I guess I got to admire the perseverance? The Star Ledger just keeps dropping the anvil hoping that sooner or later Rutgers is standing underneath it. The Wile E. Coyote of online news, just searching for a leg to stand on...
Do I agree with Anthony Davis tweeting out that video? Not really. It's certainly not something I would do. However, he's well within his right to do so, and I don't think it did anything to increase the viewership of the incident. If you wanted to watch it, and I use the term 'wanted' extremely loosely, then you were going to watch it, whether Anthony Davis shared it on social media or not. Unless we are going to assume that the 100,000 people that posted it before him are all supporters of this lunatic, then maybe we can stop short of implying that Anthony Davis is too. I know this may be hard for The Star Ledger to understand, but just because a twitter handle of a Rutgers is graduate is attached to a video of a senseless murder doesn't mean that it's owner was complicit in pulling the trigger.