One of the most controversial and tempting parts of being on a sports team is trash talking your opponents. The mental games associated with trash talk have elevated or demonized athletes of all sports ranging from elementary school all the way to the professional level. On Monday, Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer let the media know what he thought about a couple Buckeye foes and head Coach Urban Meyer was anything but happy.
The Buckeyes are currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS rankings behind No. 2 Florida State and No. 3 Alabama. On Monday, Spencer told the media his team would "wipe the field with both of them". Ohio State has very strict public speaking rules about refraining from disrespecting opponents. Meyer was quick to voice his disappointment in Spencer's choice of words.
"I'm very disappointed, I can't stand that," Meyer said during the Big Ten teleconference Tuesday. "Our players are taught [not to do that], and I know Evan well enough and I even talked to him briefly and he was kind of smiling the way he said it. But, no, I can't stand it."
Meyers continued to point out that this is the last time Spencer will have the opportunity to make the same mistake. "He's certainly not the spokesman for our team. As a result, Evan won't talk to the media for a long, long time. You don't do that. It's not good sportsmanship, and that's not what we expect. ... Talk about your teammates, talk about the team and move on."
The wide receiver quickly apologized on Twitter and reassured his followers he meant no harm.
"I did not mean to disrespect any [football] team today," he posted. "I am confident in my team, and as is evident in the video, I was having fun with the media answering their questions."
"I should have chosen my words more wisely. There was no intent to disrespect any other team."
Spencer currently has 21 receptions for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Ohio State plays Illinois Saturday Nov. 16 at Illinois.