For me, one of the main reasons Twitter is my go-to social media platform is the fact that I can watch athletes interact with fans, as well as trolls, and have completely human reactions that you typically won’t see in their postgame interviews. Everyone loves that moment when a pro athlete finally loses their cool and absolutely roasts some random spare on Twitter. Well, Ian Poulter really changed the game this week by getting his real life troll fired.
At last week’s Valspar Championship, some random dude set his sights on Poulter, one of the most polarizing figures in golf. Known to most Americans as the spiky-haired visor wearing piece of Euro Trash that smokes us in the Ryder Cup, Poulter received the classic Happy Gilmore treatment which included a “You will not make the Ryder Cup team!” and a “You will hit it in the water!” Poulter responded by putting one in the drink, and then asking for his heckler’s removal from the tournament.
It didn’t end there, though, because of course this dude, formerly an assistant athletic director for development at Florida Southern College, had to hit Twitter and brag about it. Rookie move. You have to understand that if there’s any golfer out there willing to go nuclear and tell your employer that you’re a troll with bad etiquette, it’s Poulter.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 12, 2016
Quit while you’re ahead, JJ.
When reached for comment, FSC’s director of athletics told The Ledger that Downum was “no longer employed at the institution.” That’s the equivalent of getting tossed from a game for excessive celebration.
Downum has since deleted his Twitter account. Takeaways from this? Don’t heckle, but if you have to, don’t brag about it on Twitter..