Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux has gone viral for some comments he made this week criticizing Alabama as an institute of higher learning, and a former Crimson Tide player has hit back in a manner considerable.
Thibodeaux, who is expected to be one of the top picks in the NFL Draft this year, told FOX’s Joel Klatt that one of the reasons he chose Oregon over Alabama is that he wanted that his degree means something. He ironically said he was embarrassed by the “stigmatization” of athletes who are stupid sportsmen.
“For me, I already hate the stigmatization of football players as stupid jocks,” Thibodeaux said. “Do you know the stigma of education in Alabama? It’s not the west coast. It’s not Harvard.
He meant stigma, of course.
ESPN analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy tore Thibodeaux for his comments. During his radio show “McElroy and Cubelic In the Morning”, McElroy and co-host Cole Cubelic mocked Thibodeaux for saying “stigma” when he meant stigma. McElroy also defended his degrees from Alabama and challenged Thibodeaux to an IQ test.
“What I don’t understand is why he felt the need to cut Alabama,” McElroy said, as transcribed by Erik Hall of The Tuscaloosa News. “And as someone who has always taken his academic situation very seriously, I’m going to tell him this – if he wants to take an IQ test, I’m available. If he wants to take the Wonderlic test, I’m available. As a proud graduate with multiple degrees from Alabama, I will compare my degree to his any day of the week.
McElroy, who was a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship in 2010, said he received offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton and most Ivy League schools in addition to Duke, Stanford, Northwestern and others. He chose Alabama, and he thinks it served him well for both football and education.
To his credit, Thibodeaux at least acknowledged the irony in his remarks about education and “stigma.”