José Fernández's tragic passing has affected so many people.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
[Image via AP Images.]
A college campus being rocked by act of horrific violence is bad enough. But do you really have to make jokes about it DURING THE INCIDENT?
Apparently that's just what one ESPNU reporter did during the FSU shooting.
Obviously, the aspiring sports journalist was quickly hit with a backlash on Twitter before giving this non-apology:
"Since apparently I can't [sic] make a joke in all seriousness I hope everyone at FSU is safe & that the gunman is found. But I stand by my opinions"
And then she deleted her Twitter account entirely.
Later, she tweeted this from the ESPN University of Alabama account:
@marisam24 here just letting everyone at FSU know this account was compromised tonight. Sincere apologies and an investigation is underway
— AL Campus Connection (@UACampusConnect) November 20, 2014
Yeah, we're not buying it.
Come on, have you ever seen a hacker try to backtrack and explain their awful tweets? No way. This is just PR scrambling at its most transparent.
Luckily, ESPN spokeswoman Keri Potts was able to clear up what exactly an ESPNU reported does. Apparently it's kinda like a college intern program, and students use it to "produce content or help with production."
They are NOT paid by ESPN — and she says the students and ESPN have a "very loose affiliation."
[Image via Twitter.]