NBC Anchor Craig Melvin took some heat for a tweet he sent out about Clemson football fans.
After Clemson almost lost to Syracuse on Saturday, in a game that should have won easily, Melvin tweeted out this:
Some Twitter users were critical in their responses.
“Way to use your platform to encourage people to mock other people from the state you claim you love...good job, Craig,” Kate Mardis tweeted in response.
Others tried to explain the longstanding tradition.
“For those who may be interested, we don’t ‘rush the field,’” Twitter user Gus Zalinsky wrote. “It’s called meeting at the paw. The Alma mater is sung and fans meet and greet the players and coaches. It’s pretty special to see kids playing catch on the field after the crowd clears. Being on that field is special.”
And others tweeted to Melvin about how much it means to their families.
“It’s one of the things my 12 and 8 year old look forward to the most about home games. Today they got their jerseys signed by Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrel. It’s a tradition that’s absolutely priceless,” wrote Twitter user Josh Edwards.
Melvin sent out another tweet saying he trying to be funny:
H/T The State