ORLANDO, FL - AUGUST 31: UCF Knights quarterback John Rhys Plumlee (10) scores a rushing toudhwon in the first half during the game between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the UCF Knights on Thursday, August 31, 2023 at FBC Mortgage Stadium, Orlando Fla.
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UCF Football Blasted For Trolling Kent State in the Darkest Way Possible

The UCF football social media manager is under fire for an insensitive tweet during their win against Kent State.

The UCF Knights hosted the Kent State Golden Flashes in Week 1 of the college football season, dismantling them by a score of 56-6, but the talk of this game is a deleted tweet from the UCF Knights official X account.

While the tweet is no longer live, it still lives forever on Reddit.

UCF deleted tweet

Deleted tweet by UCF athletics.

The tweet shows a picture of John Rhys Plumlee sitting on the sidelines on the phone, presumably talking to a coordinator or another coaching staff member.

What made UCF delete the tweet, however, was the caption that reads, "SOMEONE CALL THE NATIONAL GUARD."

The tweet likely referenced the highly lopsided score, but the social media didn't realize the dark history involved with Kent State and the National Guard.

On May 4, 1970, a group of about 300 Kent State students were protesting to oppose the expanded involvement of the United States in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

During this protest, at about 12:24 PM ET, the National Guard on-site opened fire, resulting in four students losing their lives and nine more injured. There were about 67 rounds fired over 13 seconds. One of the wounded suffered permanent paralysis.

Before the shots, an order was given for the students to disperse involving tear gas before the National Guard advanced. There were legal questions about whether this was appropriate, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the authorities had the right to issue the order.

There's a lot more information about that situation, but we're providing the "spark notes" of it to show how a tweet that many wouldn't recognize as "delete worthy" was ultimately deleted. There's also a theory that the tweet was in reference to Shannon Sharpe's famous sideline call asking the president to call the national guard.

Giving UCF the benefit of the doubt, it's doubtful the person running the account was unaware of the incident that took place more than 50 years ago and was attempting some funny trash talk.

Still, what an incredibly face-palm or "oof" worthy tweet.

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