You are a gentleman and a scholar...I wasn't upset with him in the first place; I mean it's not like the kid has been trained in PR skills. Just beat ohio and nothing else matters.
Peppers at 10, which seems low.
You are a gentleman and a scholar...I wasn't upset with him in the first place; I mean it's not like the kid has been trained in PR skills. Just beat ohio and nothing else matters.
Reon: I'm sorry if you went through any grief over this misunderstanding.
Welcome to the Wolverine Nation - GO BLUE!
AFAIC, he has every right to still have feelings for the school he grew up cheering for. Besides, it's quite likely that his feelings will change a lot after one game against Ohio.
He said he felt terrible that some Michigan fans were upset with him. I do not recall anyone on here dogging him out. There are Michigan Fans that do not read this blog? Blasphamy, I say.
It's really too bad he even has to do this, because obviously he's taken a lot of flack from fans, which sucks.
If I were him, I would have said, "Hey all you adults giving me shit - cut me some slack I'm 17 years old. Chill out." But it sounds like he's more respectful than I am.
I agree, people need to cool it. If he really felt that way about Ohio State, why would he come here? And if he did that, he'd either grow out of it, or eventually realize he's not a cultural fit and probably leave. I don't take issue with what he "said." He just learned a valuable lesson though, about how he's got a larger megaphone these days.
Before this year i naively thought that our fanbase was above the juvenille responses that we mocked so vigerously when they were coming from ohio fans and were directed at Kalis.
Unfortunately I have been embarassed by some of the crazies in our fanbase and by sportsfans in general this year. Between the backlash from this and even worse what was directed at Dawson after his decomitment I really have come to hate twitter.
He should absolutely not have needed to respond or apologize for saying that he liked ohio. Obviously even if he meant OSU he still likes Michigan better considering he committed here. My god people need to get some perspective on life and stop this crazyness.
I don't think he received an offer from OSU. He might love OSU more than Michigan even though he decided to play at Michigan. Michigan was probably his biggest offer. He might not even like Michigan, but if your next best offer is Illinois, you suck it up and head to Ann Arbor, right?
If he were a big-time recruit, I'd have much less of a problem with this. But here's a guy Michigan saved from the jaws of mediocrity or worse, and he repays the offer by going off about how he he'll be a fan of our biggest rival until he dies. (I'm assuming the reports of his initial comments are accurate)
He's 17 or 18, not 7 or 8. Most of us had filled out college applications at that point in our lives, and we were clever enough not to write an essay about how much we wanted to attend State. Point is, you don't have to be all grownz up to know (before you blurt it out, not after) that professing one's undying love for Ohio State is not the way to endear yourself to Michigan fans.
I don't care about loyalty or Michigan Man-ness or whatever... just makes me question his smartz.
BUT bottom line: if he can cover and tackle, I DON'T CARE how clever or loyal he is. Go get 'em, Reon!
he didn't recieve an offer from OSU but that wasn't really the point. I am not condoning what he said or that it is the right thing to do. I am not even saying that everyone from Michigan should like the kid or even not be upset by his comments. My only problem has been the increasing trend for fans to publicly insult, berate, or otherwise make comments on twitter that aren't necessary or warrented.
I still care about michigan-manness (i like that term) but even if someone doesn't live up to my expectations, or hopes it is not my place to scold him. He has coaches and parents and if something is severe enough even cops.
Maybe he didn't say that, and the reporter did mis-quote him as he suggested in this article. Why take the reporter's word as absolute fact?
understand people directly contacting any athlete (twitter, FB..etc) .... So stupid.
Agree totally. The fact that he even felt like he had to apologize to fans... ugh. He doesn't owe any of us anything.
RR's comments about fans on the internet/blogs needing to get a life apply in this situation.
towards the young man...good comments by him. Welcome to the good side.
Can't wait to watch this young man pound the Buckeyes for 4 years!
In any event, actions speak louder than words, and regardless of what he said, he signed a letter of intent to play with Michigan... GO BLUE!
Idiot fans are just complaining and tweeting him just continue to keep this story alive. Stupid ass media probably KNEW what shit storm the kid was in for when he said it OR when they decided to twist his words.
Hopefully this puts and end to it. Welcome to Michigan, Reon. Also, not sure if it's been mentioned but welcome to the "All Name" Club!
He does have a cool first name. Once he popped onto our radar, sometimes people would just say "Dawson" in recruiting posts, and I would ask myself which Dawson that was, the Cass Tech one or the Noble Gas one.
someone had a tough time in chemistry.
The fact that I did not have a tough time in chemisty is why I was able to make that joke. I may be the only sociology major ever who took organic chemisty as one of his natural science credits.
more people should. probably one of my favorite classes ever
Reon unfortunately put his foot in his mouth—as 17-year olds are wont to do—and now it's open season on him. It's a rude lesson he's in the process of learning, but it's a valuable one nonetheless: the world is full of assholes who never sign their real names.
Why patronize him? Compare him to the other 17-18 yr old recruits in the past. How many said, after signing with Michigan -- "don't worry, Ohio State, I still love ya" or something to that effect? I can't recall one. So he suffers in comparison even to those in his own cohort.
I agree he shouldn't be crucified but let's stop letting 17 yr old kids off the hook for saying stupid sh*t. It's way too easy.
And I agree that no one should ever tweet negatively at a college athlete on Twitter -- it's sad and pathetic.
I'm an asshole but my real name is ChopBlock
It was so much more easier to be a kid in the 90's....
Clearly, you were never forced to watch TRL.
I am not ashamed to say it, but, TRL was one of the things I looked forward to watching when I got home from school...
I was all about watching Beavis and Butthead after school. I'll tell you another thing that was great about being in high school/college in the 90's - back then, ESPN didn't suck and the 11:00 pm and 2:00 am SportsCenters were Must See TV. Olbermann and Patrick? Kilborn and Haber? Yes please. Those guys were the best mix of sports and comedy. Also led to one of my all-time favorite This Is SportsCenter commercials (apologies for the low video quality - one of the few downsides of the 90's).
What kind of sick household did you grow up in?
So true, but not just kids. Do you know how many adults lose their jobs or relationships/mariages because of social media? I mean, I don't either, but I'm more than in the 90's.
I think adults lose their jobs and relationships due to the fact that TGIF no longer exists and Bob Saget as we knew him in the early 90's was a family man who gave great advice and not the dirtiest comic known to man kind.
Equal parts of both, I would imagine.
I honestly can't tell if you are serious or being sarcastic.
I hope you are being sarcastic a high school kid shouldn't have to defend an innocuous statement such as "I like Ohio" even once let alone twice. Especially when that kid is already committed to Michigan.
Hey, Reon, we all say things we regret. Let's move past this and beat Ohio!
If you have nothing nice to say, say it about Ohio.
My initial reaction to hearing what he said wasn't "I can't believe he said that" so much as "fuck, this kid is going to get so much shit for it." Isn't that sad? I was less worried about a player talking about Ohio State than I was about the reaction he was going to get for saying it.
Agreed. With Meyer recruiting more out of SEC country and being a spread guy, we have to get used to more grew up an Ohio fan but didn't get an offer from Ohio, so choose Michigan because we're still a major power in their back yard. Are we supposed to let ND have these guys because we can't stand a Michigan player having positive residual feelings about the school birthplace made it highly likely they would grow up liking. It's a little embarrressing how some Michigan fans reacted to this. People need to keep this all in perspective.
We've always dipped into Ohio. I'm pretty sure that we've had kids who have grown up Ohio State fans and had strong feelings towards Ohio before that have committed to Michigan and we will in the future. It's not our job to rip the kid for this feelings, but to help him change his feelings, and grow that love for Michigan.
make a kid a Michigan Man. While I'm not crazy about that phrase, it implies a level of maturity and discipline that the program cements into guys over time and not on NSD.
He'll learn and grow to a point that the comment seems really silly to him in a year. Hoke will mold him as a person.
Bigger question about his ultimate cover skills ...
Some people are just the worst. The kid grew up in Ohio. He was hard-coded to be a Buckeyes fan. We gladly took in a number of lifelong Ohio fans after Tressel left. It's all about how they play once they don the winged helmet. Anyone griping about Reon Dawson needs to gain a little perspective.
remember this young man committed to your school. Support him all you can. If you are making threats or sending texts or tweets to him that are not supportive, you are no better than all the idiots you talk about from OSU. Leave the kid alone.
Mr. Dawson, welcome to the University of Michigan. Thanks for choosing us.
This is a great response. He is well on his way to becoming a Michigan Man. Rule #1 we never say we Love that school, and if we do, other Michigan Men are going to let you know about it, regardless of your intent. It's not like anyone took it serious, they were just giving him a hard time for making a comment that wasn't very well thought out. Im pretty sure not one person was mad at him or even took it serious. Everyones has said something that was worded wrong or misunderstood, and if it was around your friends, you deffinetly heard about it.
First of all, let me express my agreement with the notion that Dawson is 17 years old and it doesn't really matter too much what he says about Ohio State. If he's still talking about being a Buckeye fan in a year or two, I'll be a bit concerned. Kids will be kids, indoctrination runs deep in the Worst State Ever, etc., etc. No big deal.
But is no one else going to say anything about the fact that his explanation is completely full of shit? Did I miss an intermediary clarification that the quote attributed to him was inaccurate? Dawson talks about being a Buckeye fan until he dies, and specifically references playing Ohio State, so there's no chance in hell that what he really meant was that he loves the State of Ohio.
I like the sentiments about Coach Hoke and becoming a Michigan Man. But it's another example of being 17 and not knowing when to stop talking that he tries to completely explain away his comments as a misinterpretation.
I'm reasonable and I believe him when he says he doesn't love the Buckeyes football team. Even if his words in the interview convict him, BFD, he just came out and said he was misunderstood/misspoke; people say shit in interviews they don't really mean. I see it all the time.
People are way to legalistic when listening to the blurts of a HS kid. Let's play gotcha with a 17 year old. Real impressive
I was having fun with mine, purposely baiting, so to speak.
You seem genuinely upset with this non story regarding Reon (my new favorite player) Dawson. Go Buckeyes!!!
Well, you definitely were a master baiter.
"... Reon will be exposed as both a Buckeye fan and a blatant liar. "
Your comment has just been exposed as sanctimonious, insensitive and completely inappropriate regarding a signed Michigan recruit.
And so what if he lied? He didn't lie about his SATs or something important. He said something he regrets, and backtracked on it. Who cares why, he's a kid. Maybe he just exaggerated the first time, or maybe he meant being a "buckeye" means being from Ohio, not necessarily being an Ohio State fan. I don't know, but I don't really care.
He clearly regrets his comments, and that's all that matters (and even that barely does). Get over yourself.
That's fine if you don't think lying is a big deal but when people call him a Michigan Man or how he is on his way to becoming one it doesn't quite fit, huh? As long as someone lies about something that's not overly important I guess it's ok in your book.
Lies aren't inherently bad. It's the motive.
Next time your wife asks "Am I getting fat?" Say "yes, huge dear." Let us know how that goes.
Your header is hilariously stupid. Let's say I tell my gf that she looks fat and will look that way until she dies. She freaks out on me and I say, "you misheard me, baby." Stop trying to make a point because it's not working. Let the adults with fully developed brains talk. Okay, hunny?
As soon as I find any around here. But that certainly wouldn't include a vitriolic halfwit like you.
Sanctimony has no place when we're talking about a kid who hasn't yet graduated high school. No trolling intended, but you sir embarrass me as a Michigan fan. The fact that you refuse to understand that these are just the words of a high school kid you're getting all high and mighty about is despicable, and framing it as a "lying" issue to make it relate to his supposed ill-character makes it no better. I only hope the rest of the world understands that you are the minority and that we are ashamed to be associated with you.
After reading through a lot of your comments, you're what's wrong with Michigan fans. Arrogant, know it all, have to be right about everything kind of guy, who really doesn't have a clue what actually happened. Take your arrogant self somewhere else. We don't need this crap here.
Edit: Rederik, I couldn't agree more with you. I surely hope that people realize he's in the minority. Some people are just holier than thou types, who know everything about the world. Most Michigan fans, at least I hope, are not like this guy. I didn't see your post until now Rederik, but you said it best.
Maybe you're mostly responding to Butterfield, but if you look at my post I am in no way outraged by what Dawson said, either initially or in his backtracking statements thereafter.
I'm not saying he's a born liar, or that he'll never be able to stand as a true Michigan Man or any of that bulllshit. I'm just putting the fact that he's making up some bullshit about what his quote meant in the same category as the initial comments - he's just a kid, he talks without thinking, and that's all.
If anything, I just felt like I was taking crazy pills because so many people on the board were acting like this completely cleared things up and he was obviously just misunderstood. I was never outraged at all by Dawson, just flabbergasted that so many people bought what he was selling in the explanatory comments.
But once again, because people are very, very quick to jump on their high horse on this one: I really don't give a shit about any of his comments, and don't think they reflect on his character in a signficant way at all.
Addendum: In explaining this fiasco to my wife (she's a patient woman), I re-read the entire apology and was struck by how bad the kid felt. He probably fibbed about his real meaning in part because so many people were jumping down his throat, and because he felt genuinely sorry about it. So I should say that, on balance, the whole affair reflects well on his character, rather than not at all.
Actually, I believe Mike McCray mentioned that he was misquoted. Covering for a friend? Maybe. Who cares? He's 17 and he'll learn to hate that cesspool in Columbus the day he steps on campus.
You put it perfectly. All of these responses saying how sincere he seems and what a good kid he is are completely irrelevant. I guess it sounds good to them and they want to follow suit with everyone else. He is completely full of shit but show me a 17/18 year old that isn't.
He seems like a sincere kid. I have every hope for him to become an amazing athlete and human. I took another look at his highlights yesterday and was impressed. I think he could far exceed expectations.
I wish him all the best and I'd almost guarantee you that Coach Hoke jokes with him about it his first day at camp.
That was a very well-spoken apology,and as others have mentioned, it is unfortunate that it has come to this point. He seems like he has a great kid and very well on his way to being a Michigan Man, I would say, as he plainly wants to be a Wolverine. I wish him nothing but success on and off the field during his time in Ann Arbor. Welcome to Michigan, Reon, and Go Blue.
What happened to you? You're just spewing the company line. He said Ohio State specifically. He should get some flack for saying what he said. I'm sure someone had to take it too far but someone always does. High schoolers make dumb mistakes and rarely think about consequences.
When I was in high school I went off roading in my dad's suv and brought it back home with mud caked all over it thinking I could just talk my way out of it and lie. It didn't work. I was punished severely. Sure when all was said and done I apologized because I had learned my lesson but it doesn't mean that what I did wasn't idiotic. What is wrong with paying for your mistakes? It's how we learn not to make the same ones in the future.
But you got reprimanded by your father, not a bunch of strangers on the internet. It is not the same.
I ended up being ridiculed by his friends as well. Does that make a big difference to you? He can easily block his twitter and facebook accounts. Why do people need to have thousands of followers they've never met? Anyway, he is lying about what he said. I couldn't care less about his love for Ohio State. He plays for Michigan. Like Brabs has posted above, he'll end up changing his tune after being in the program for a while but to hear everyone patting him on the back while he lies is pretty disgusting.
You got ridiculed by your Dad's friends too?! You poor thing!
Reon got messaged by a bunch of strangers he could block? Poor thing.
I agree 100%. I vocalized a similar sentiment and people laughed at me. It's curious, since I taught MS and HS kids for six years, four years as a varsity coach, and that my perspective means nothing. Kids in this day and age think they and do and say anything with no consequence. You ask for complicit behavior, they scoff. "Gve me my wine", they say.
Facebook it, tweet it and it is a distant memory in five minutes. How about some damn accountability and learning from being a dumb ass teenager? Hold them to it. I even challenge all you how clearly are the same parents who defend their kids blindly to shut your traps, and actually look at the situation for what it is: disrespectful. I actually find it ironic that this morning on one of the most apologetic Michigan radio programs of all time, both Sam and Ira (biggest idiot of them all) had choice words about this situation. Even fing Ira wondered why McCray Jr was speaking for him. Reon can back track, maybe he was misquoted, doesn't matter now because he said it. He had people around him advising him and he still ignored how big words are in this day and age.
All this clarifying strengthens this point: he is gonna pay dearly for this; by the coaches, players and fans for a long time. The microscope got powered up and eye balls are a ready.
And as stated above, time will work it out. People will forgive and forget, or he will be another washout. I frankly don't care. I am too jaded by this idiot generation to take any more crap. I truly want him to prove me wrong, gut says he won't.
And for all those who will continue criticizing this thought, simple question: have you ever heard or seen a situation like this from another Ohio commit? This year? Last year? In the last twenty? That's right, because you haven't!
Except there is a major flaw in your rambling, incoherent "argument." That flaw being that there is absolutely nothing wrong with what the kid originally stated.
Who gives a shit if he is a Buckeye fan?
There have probably been thousands, upon thousands, upon thousands of kids who have committed to play for schools they weren't fans of growing up. If you look at the previous incarnation of this thread there was an MGoBlog member who is a Michigan fan, but ended up playing football at Bowling Green because he didn't get a scholarship offer to play for Michigan. Look at all of MSU players who have over the years stated that they wanted to play for Michigan, but never received an offer, so they became die hard Spartans as a result.
The story of Chris Spielman has been told countless times. He wanted to attend Michigan, but his father wouldn't let him, so he ended up at Ohio State.
This shouldn't be a blip on anyone's radar, but it has blown up into a ridiculous faux controversy, thanks to a few jackasses on twitter and other social media websites who have felt the need to attack a 17 year old over a few innocuous comments.
Those of you now trying to say that he "lied," keeping this story alive in a continued effort to besmirch this kid's reputation are even bigger jackasses.
Here's the bottom line for what happened:
A 17 year old kid made a totally innocuous statement about his football fandom.
A bunch of grown men were OUTRAGED by these "UNACCEPTABLE" comments and collectively proceeded to throw a ridiculous temper tantrum, vomiting a bunch of horrible, brainless, drivel in the direction of this kid via social media.
This 17 year old kid, obviously upset, and a bit stunned by the level of vitriol being thrown his way by people whose respect he wants to earn, immediately reverts to damage control mode. Desperately trying to win the approval of a bunch of overbearing man children with nothing better to do than shit on a 17 year old for not sharing the exact same opinions they hold.
Unsurprisingly, these man children don't accept his explanation or his apology, opting instead to shit on the kid relentlessly, while using this one tiny faux "incident" as a platform from which to lament the entire state of our modern day youth.
This entire debacle has been totally disgusting, and those of you who have aided in it's persistence ought to be ashamed.
You think our youth have lost any semblance of responsibility and decency? Why not have a look in the mirror.
It's a shame that a kid had to explain himself after one of the best days of his life.
I don't care what he said or how he meant it...he'll sport the maize and blue and his loyalty will be without question.
People tweeting him negative stuff is crap but he said what he said. To try and recant that is stupid. Accept that you said that and meant what you said and move on. I couldn't give two fucks if he still loves osu. He's playing for Michigan and it's not like he's going to tank a play to help them out. People sending him stuff on twitter are idiots and he's an idiot for making that statement.
Reon Dawson, you are number 1 in my heart.
Beat some OHIO ass Reon!
How's the kid supposed to know any different?
Once he gets on campus and gets into the culture of the school and the people and Ann Arbor, he'll naturally grow to love it!
I'm wasn't worried and his comments didn't bother me at all.
You don't know what you don't even know at 17!
Michigan and Ohio kids get the rivalry. It is going to be interesting to see how all these national recruits OSU is pulling in react to the rivalry. They are talented guys, but the most talented OSU and Michigan teams don't always come out on top in late November.
I ain't scared of them cats. Neither should you. BEAT OHIO.
It's really not a big deal. You made a great decision. We're all behind you, so start to enjoy it!
Good luck with everything. Go Blue!
I can't wait for next week when no one will give a shit.
for a couple of years, tell us she died of cancer, and then keep it quiet after you learn that it was all BS just before you are about to win a Heisman and play for the National Championship, well then we may be inclined to hold a grudge.
It's terrible that this even needs to be addressed further by Reon.
The kid is an Ohio State fan. So what? Everyone needs to get over it.
This is one of those stupid complexes that fans have where they think that every person who plays for their team or goes to their school has to show the same undying loyalty, or level of fandom that they have for their program.
This kid grew up in Ohio, most of his friends and family are probably Ohio State fans. He is an Ohio State fan, and it was probably his dream as a kid to be a football player at Ohio State, but he simply didn't receive an offer from the Buckeyes and now he has to settle for going to another school.
Sure, to Michigan fans the school he's "settling" for might be better in every conceivable way, but it wasn't his favorite school.
I'm certain that over the years there have been several die hard Michigan fans who have ended up at Ohio State for various reasons and in various capacities
It's no reason to attack to someone, or to make them do a shit ton of verbal gymnastics, to turn the thing they said into the complete opposite of what they said, in order to placate a number of idiotic Michigan fans.
The irony in all of this is that I bet those same douchebag fans tweeting this nonsense at him are probably the same people who mock Michigan State football players as just a bunch of guys who wanted to go to Michigan but couldn't get in, or didn't get an offer.
how do i up vote your comment?
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Personally I could care less if he's got a Buckeye snuggie and a Brutus stuff toy collection the kid is coming HERE, not there, to play football which makes him one of us now. And he's all of 17 years old and Lord knows if there's anything you can count on it's 17 year old's saying stupid things.
What I would love to know is did any of the posters who were giving him so much shit yesterday have ever stepped foot on campus much less got a degree from Michigan?
Edit: TheLastHoke spoke far more elequently than I did but basically said the same thing. I could not agree more with his thoughts.
Your acting like a 5 year old.
My comment wasnt directed at you. You can be offended all you want but others were literally asking for him to not enroll because of his statement. But since you asked......
Angelos - Broken Egg or Bell's Diner?
Aut bar has 'em all beat.
...starting a sentence with "And." You may have also taken one too many brooms to the head while at Yost.
Shut your yap, Mr. I use a incomplete sentence with a period on top of two ellipses. You are a grammar zero. If you want to complain about grammar, learn some!
I sea what ewe done their.
Dude, Butterfield. You're a cool guy and I normally like what you post, but you're acting like Walter waving a pistol around. And I'm the Dude telling you to "take it easy man". Let's suppose you're right and this is a bald-faced lie. So what? "Michigan Men" (I actually hate that term) are made, not born. College is where you grow up and learn that you can't run from your problems. And if you are personally insulted by something a more or less random incoming freshman to your alma mater says, that's on you, not on him. So just step back from the mic for a few minutes and I'm sure this will magically turn into not-a-big-deal.
In summary, The Dude abides.
Like this kid treated Ohio State and Michigan. Your favorite changed.
If you could care less about his Buckeye snuggie and Brutus stuffed animals then I want to know how much we're talking.
Edit: I actually disagree with your post. People are intitled to their opinions, but if they're being assholes and sending him messages then it shows that this football thing is way too important to them. It's probably time to find a new hobby when you're a grown ass man and you're sending a high schooler hate filled messages. Anyway, what if some of those messages are coming from Michigan fans who are in high school. I say bring on the vitriol. Who better than your peers to degrade you and the comments you made?
I mentioned this in yesterday's thread:
It will work itself out. If the kid works hard and buys into Michigan's program, it will all work out and he'll be a Michigan Man. If he slacks off because he truly doesn't buy into what the Michigan program stands for, then he'll ride the bench for four years and say sayonara.
It's not about who he is now. It's about who he will be in four years.
...that this kid even had a make a statement.
Some people need to get a grip.
He's not from Ann Arbor now, he's from Ohio. Just because he's a Wolverine doesn't mean he has to swear off any ties to "the Buckeye state," or that he can't be proud of being where he's from.
My heart dropped a little when I saw this thread. Honestly it sucks that what should be one of the happiest, most important times of his life is partially ruined by a dumb comment and douchebag fans. It makes me embarrassed to be a part of the same fanbase as some of the clowns who make twitter comments or whatever that caused him to do this.
Honestly when is it going to become socially taboo for people to say cruel shit to one another in anonymous or semi-anonymous forums online? I think as a society people need to decide that acting like bullies online, even when it's anonymous (especially when it's anonymous?) just shouldn't be socially acceptable.
Unortunately, they remind me a lot of the devisive RR days. Most of us here embraced the Hoke hire because of its unifying effect on the Team and fanbase. I honestly wonder what Bo would say about the situation; I suspect something about "The Team."
Give the kid a break, he is just being an 18yr old, and so what if he likes Ohio, give him a year around Hoke and the team, and will see what happens then..he will prolly never go back to that shitty state lol
And your comment proves your own point Cornwallce.
I think he was misquoted. He said he loves the state of ohio and it got reported as loving ohio state. But it really doesn't matter. A teenager shouldn't have to feel bad for saying he loves something. Even if that thing is OSU. It's ludicrous reading this statement from a kid apologizing from the bottom of his heart because his love hurt our feelings.
This is the reason moron fans should not get upset by every little story. Because as often as not, the story is largely made up by moron reporters.
The kid's not even a freshmen yet; it's ridiculous that fans are holding his feet over the coals for a misquote, or even for a misstep in communication on his part if thats what happened. But questioning his loyalty to the team, such that he feels the need to say this? Awful. He signed his LOI with us, and he was obviously seen to enough of a Michigan Man by coach Hoke to get that scholarship, and that should be enough to satisfy all of us.
No problem Reon. Enjoy your time in Ann Arbor and just ignore the less than 1% of Michigan "fans" who are hasseling you.
I look forward to seeing you in the Big House next year.
Congrats on your signing.
The M Block also talked to Reon today. Here's some further stuff from him:
Basically we were just talking a lot and I said a lot of stuff including some things that I shouldn't of said in a way I shouldn't have said it. I talked to Mr. Fogle, our athletic director and he used to be a broadcaster so he knows how it works, he knew the reporter who interviewed me and it was all just really out of context. I didn't know what we were talking about would even be in his news segment. First of all, I don't like attention, I'm like a humble guy and I don't talk a lot. All of my teammates will tell you that I don't talk much so I really don't know what all this is, at the end of the day I just want to play football. It is something I have to live with because I said it. I really wasn't even talking about Ohio State, I was talking about the state of Ohio.
You can read the full quote from him here: http://www.themblock.com/2013/02/reon-dawson-clears-air.html
I really feel bad for him. What is funny to me is why people here believe someone from Ohio, who probably dislikes Michigan, over a guy and his best friend who are coming to Michigan. That makes a lot of sense to me. Why does the reporter automatically get a pass here?
I feel bad for that kid and I would never associate myself with anyone that results to insulting a kid on twitter or facebook. I think it is very immature and I find it embarrassing that there are actually michigan fans that do this.
Reon, if you read this blog just know that 99% of the Michigan fans are great people that are excited at the possibilities that your unique size and speed could bring to the CB position at Michigan. If anything use the stupidity of the few Michigan fans that said things they shouldn't have as motivation to become the best CB you can be (and especially better than your former teammate Cam)!
I grew up in California yet attended UofM. I know what it's like to "turn on your school(s)" in the eyes of the locals. Sure, I was not a D1 athlete (therefore I give Reon a lot of credit), but I went against the grain to travel to Ann Arbor for school. I am proud to be a Michigan Man, and so should Reon be. I give him the utmost respect for not only being proud of where he came from but also for reaffirming his commitment to the school where he'll play some awesome football. Michigan fans; be proud!
Can people stop proclaiming to be Michigan Men? It's worse than giving yourself a nickname. The ultimate douche move.
This kid shouldn't have to defend himself. Grown people need to leave him alone. He's a kid. Besides, he'll b all blue once he hits Ann Arbor;) Welcome to Michigan!!!