January 18th, 2012 at 12:01 PM ^

I teach in a high school coach football, I am around 17 and 18 year old kids all day, every day...even in lockerrooms. I rarely hear talk that out in the open and vulger. Really, this is a snap shot of Yuri's character, and it isn't good. My question is, as others have mentioned, where are his parents/mentors? Doesn't this kid have anyone in his life that loves him and cares enough for him to tell him he is an idiot and is destroying his reputation? I think Hoke did the right thing FOR this kid, not TO him. Hopefully he is able to examine his life and make more appropriate choices in the future.


January 19th, 2012 at 2:34 AM ^

 First it's not a tweet , it's several tweets. Second you know what a 17 old with poor judgement , no self control and a lack of respect for women and people in general turns in to? An 18 year old with poor judgement, no self control and a lack of respect for women and people in general. I have no problems if Coach Hoke does'nt want people who act like this representing the university of Michigan football team

His Dudeness

January 18th, 2012 at 1:47 PM ^

I just don't think you can base the character of a kid based on a few random tweets. You capture 5 tweets you capture 5 independent and extrememly fleeting thoughts. Hell, I am guessing MLK got horny too from time to time. I mean jeeeeeeze is this what it's come too?

I said waaaay worse than this in high school. I am pretty sure my major focus in life in high school was chasing tail. Did I say high school? I meant now too. Hell the only reason I don't live under a bridge and eat Little Debbies for every meal is because trolls don't get laid. This kid is/was probably a lot like me and all of us in high school... if we're being honest.


January 19th, 2012 at 2:42 AM ^

 The difference when MLK was in the public eye he had a dream and Yuri was just talking about how hungry for pussy he was. I'm sure you did say a lot worse than this in high school , but you did'nt say it with a microphone to a couple thousand people including the media. There is a time and a place for everything , you would'nt go into a job interview yelling about weed whores and the fact got to f%#@ tonight. If you;re on the block  , running around with friends or whatever then yea this is ok, but not for a social media where anyone can see it. Hell I still don't post anything to my twitter or facebook that I would'nt want my mom to read and i'm in my 30ies.


January 18th, 2012 at 9:07 AM ^

much the girl stuff, more the weed stuff.  Doesn't look good either way, but - start referencing drugs in your tweets - doesn't exactly impress the coaches. But, the good news is - the SEC won't care.


January 18th, 2012 at 9:24 AM ^

SEC would put him in contact with the team dealer and have him describe his ideal blend.

Those tweets remind me of pretty much every conversation I had in the locker room when I was playing football in high school, so I don't necessarily think it's a character issue as much as a judgment issue.  I'd say the Army All-American game had more to do with it, but I'm sure the tweets added fuel to the fire.  Either way it appears everyone has moved on and we can stop bashing a 17 year old kid for poor judgment.


January 18th, 2012 at 11:21 AM ^

Indeed. They'd probably say "man, what are you doing smoking that nasty stuff? Check out this - we call it "The Alabama Slamma".

I'm not bashing the kid, as I agree with you - the stuff I said when I was 17 and in the locker room wouldn't exactly be "bulletin board" material, but pretty silly to put it out on twitter. But, when you're 17-18 years old and one of the top recruits in the nation - you don't really think about this kind of stuff.

The AA game was not great for him - true. I'm not sold that was the main reason, but it certainly didn't help.  95% of the guys he'll be going up against in college won't be nearly that good as these are the best of the best. But you're right, didn't help his chances and he got burned really, really bad a few times.


January 18th, 2012 at 9:54 AM ^

Hate to burst the Mary Poppins bubble, but half the kids on the team probably talk like that to each other.  They just do.

The problem is saying it in public to the world.  Someone needs to teach these kids that Twitter is not the same as texting your buddies.

If you would not say it in an ESPN interview, don't say it on Twitter.  Because they're both broadcasts.



January 18th, 2012 at 9:59 AM ^

Ok dad! We all know that 18 year olds talk like that. I prob did at that age as well, however, the difference is he is not intellegent enough to recognize that thousands of fans and coaches recruiting him see those as well. Glad we passed up, no matter what the reason was.


January 18th, 2012 at 11:07 AM ^

It's important to remember that these are football players, not heroes, and that they'll represent a cross section of society. It only makes sense that a lot of what they say is going to mirror their school, their home, their neighborhood, as well as the slice of culture they come from.

I suppose it is inevitable that things will be messy as guys adjust to the reality of social media. That's why it is more an issue of education and discretion. Almost all of us have a filter, and we learn over time what is appropriate and inappropriate to voice in public.

Having said that, there is something to be said for guys who do the right thing, on and off the field, in public and in private. It certainly makes for less of a headache for coaches. If you have guys that play all out on the field, but also do well in the classroom and the public arena, well, what more could you ask for.

Honestly, I don't know exactly what to say when the behavior of the adults and role models around kids is pretty bad (i.e., the tweet re:  Yuri's father.) Do you reach out to such kids? I think you definitely do, but there's work involved.

One last thing:  there have been a lot of comments from recruits about the "family" atmosphere, and liking the coaches, who are approachable and down to earth. The reality is that every team, everywhere, is a bit of a family, so that in itself isn't unique to Michigan. However, while a team is going to be very diverse, and have all different kinds of characters, it can also skew one way or another. I could definitely see coaches, and even some of the current guys on the team, making the judgement the other way, that a potential recruit just isn't a good "fit" with the current team culture (whatever that culture is.)


January 18th, 2012 at 10:13 AM ^

I will be very interested to see if ND, his supposed leader, still takes him.  They tout their superior ethics, so let's see just how serious they are about it.  I'm guessing football talent wins out, yet again. 


January 18th, 2012 at 10:30 AM ^

Twitter is dumb.  I have never read any "tweets" or posted a tweet as I really don't care what people do during the day.   Yuri Wright sounds like a kid, but when I was 18, I actually respected women and didn't objectify them.  The tweets were incredibly immature, but I have more of a problem with the drug stuff and the ethnic slurs than the "playa" stuff.


January 18th, 2012 at 11:05 AM ^

I remember reading somewhere that Bo once paid a visit to a highly touted recruit. He took one look at the way the kid treated his parents, cut the visit short, and stopped recruiting him. I believe Bo was quoted along the lines of "If that kids treats his parents that way, there is no way in hell he's gonna respect us (or the program)". Please help refresh my memory or correct me if I'm wrong.

Along those lines, Wright treats people around him with an incredible amount of disrespect, and to say that he doesn't even trust his mother (joking or not) is enough insight into his character for me.

This one is trouble, and I'm relieved the coaches have backed off.


January 18th, 2012 at 11:06 AM ^

I agree with Yuri Wright's teacher: an organism is a complex structure of interdependent and subordinate elements whose relations and properties are largely determined by their function in the whole (source: Merriam-Webster online).

His tweets are protected from the public eye. Now that's good judgment.


January 18th, 2012 at 11:15 AM ^

Just how in hell does Yuri "know" that the woman was "Jewish?" Was she wearing a yarmulke? Did she have a big yellow Star of David on her coat? Did she have dark hair and a big nose? Was she an international financier?

So let's review: Yuri's tweets contain:

• Overtly mysogynistic comments of an extremely crude sexual nature;

• Comments that imply he currently smokes pot;

• At least one comment that flirts uncomfortably close with anti-Semitism.

That's a trifecta that Brady Hoke doesn't need to touch with a one-hundred yard pole. If some punk wanted to date my daughter and that's the kind of crap he was tweeting, he wouldn't get any farther than the sidewalk.


January 18th, 2012 at 11:50 AM ^

Obviously I am in the minority, probably because I'm "middle-aged" father of 2 teenagers, but I think there IS something wrong with those tweets.  (stepping up to soap box) Have we really sank so low that garbage like this is acceptable behavior and "no big deal?" 


January 18th, 2012 at 12:02 PM ^

Right now everybody is largely assuming that Wright is simply not toning down his tweets for public consumption.  Hoke also has to consider the possibility that Wright is like the rest of us and IS toning down his tweets.


January 18th, 2012 at 12:03 PM ^

I swear like a sailor but I'm also smart enough to not talk like that in front of my Grandparents or in public (or at least not as loud).  Kid needs an attitude adjustment... 


January 18th, 2012 at 12:35 PM ^

Today's Chicago Tribune has an interesting article on how sharing something in public is a form of validation in today's youth culture. This comes partly out of a horrific beating of a teen in Chicago last weekend. The beating by six other teens was videotaped, posted on Facebook, and went viral.  (Link to article:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-teen-beating-video-2-20120118,0,5786684.story.)

What makes the article relevant to Yuri Wright is the closing quote:

"It's rather alarming to people who are more accustomed to a private world," said Sparks, the Purdue professor. "We say: 'What's going on here? Why would you want to put that on the Internet?' But for some of these younger people, their whole world is the Internet. Their first instinct is that everything is potentially shareable."

This describes exactly how I feel, and also gets at my failure to understand part of today's youth culture.


January 18th, 2012 at 6:52 PM ^

Relaying an unsubstantiated rumor posted by a guy on the Colorado Rivals pay site who is some sort of mentor for Yuri, and has contacts with the CU coaching staff:

Originally posted by donmac67:
Yuri is getting thrown out of Don Bosco tomorrow over TWITTERGATE; it's a done deal