If you typed the words “Carlos Hyde” into Twitter during the Ohio State-Northwestern game, you were treated to a buffet of wide-ranging responses.
Social media, after all, tends to offer the best and worst of both sides.
Some of these tweets offered praise for the Buckeye running back in the midst of a legendary performance, one that helped guide his team to a massive comeback victory on the road. Hyde finished with 168 yards rushing, 38 yards receiving and three touchdowns—with a great deal of this production coming in the final 30 minutes.
But others, as they watched Hyde break tackle after tackle, instead focused on whether he should have been playing the game at all, following a now infamous offseason incident at a Columbus nightclub. And in true Twitter form—where the message is often destroyed and replaced with anger, expletives and avatar-protected rage—many of these responses were tough reading.
It’s important to note, first and foremost, that Carlos Hyde was never charged with any crime following said incident on July 20. This cannot possibly be stressed enough here.
Hyde was accused of assaulting a woman, and he was suspended from all team activities immediately. It had been initially reported that the starting back was kicked off the team, but the Buckeyes took a wait-and-see approach. In that time grainy video of the incident was released, which was difficult to truly see, let alone comprehend exactly what happened. The…
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