A football player with the University of Southern California Trojans apologized late Monday after posting messages on Twitter complaining about having to play in this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl, the El Paso Times reported.
USC linebacker Tony Burnett’s dismissive tweets drew a strong response from angry El Pasoans on the social micro-blogging site, the Times said.
The Trojans play Georgia Tech of the Atlantic Coast Conference at noon Dec. 31 in the 79th annual Sun Bowl in El Paso.
“Georgia Tech!? El Paso, Texas!? New Years Eve!? FML (an expletive best left deleted),” Burnett posted on his Twitter account, @NoCutz.
Burnett, a 22-year-old former walk-on from Watts, said in other messages that no one wants to be in El Paso on New Year’s Eve, adding, “If you never seen a real life giant tumbleweed get ready,” the Times said.
After blowback on social media about his El Paso comments, the paper reported, Burnett temporarily shut down his Twitter account before sending out an apology that read: “Earlier today I made some tweets I regret. To the city of El Paso and representatives of the Hyundai Sun Bowl, I apologize for my remarks.”