NewsLocal News


Petition to Fire ESPN Reporter After Tweet Compares FSU to Filth

Petetion to Fire ESPN Reporter After Tweet Comapres FSU to Filth
Posted at 11:38 AM, Jul 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-15 08:11:08-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- ESPN usually reports sports news; well now, it's in it. The SportsNation's co-host, Michelle Beadle has been receiving some backlash from her tweet about FSU.

The battle all started back in May when Beadle tweeted "If FSU, in any form, is a part of your handle or bio, I thank you for making it easier for me to separate the filth."

Now fans are taking action. They have started a petition to get her fired or suspended and already have 3,837 supporters as of Wednesday afternoon.

Around the time the Twitter conversation started, FSU was in the news for the NFL draft as Jameis Winston and others waited their draft picks.

Now Florida State is in the spotlight for other reasons.  The FSU football team has received some unwanted national attention after two football players, Dalvin Cook and De’Andre Johnson, were arrested on battery charges both accused of hitting women.

So, what does Beadle think about all the signatures to get her fired? In a tweet to @ABC27 she said, "It's nice to see kids passionate about something. I wish them all the best."

But Beadle is not the only one who has taken to Twitter to talk about FSU.

On the flip side, FSU professor Mark Zeigler started the hashtag, #somuchmorethanfootball to counteract the bad publicity the school has been getting. This hashtag is to bring out positivity about the school.

@fsuzeigler “Things are starting to calm down. So grateful to all of FSU family for their support and for hopping on board. #somuchmorethanfootball”

@PeteBurke "I found and developed my professional calling while at #FSU. My time at @FSView paved the path for my career. #somuchmorethanfootball”

@gtrayl0r "FSU has opened endless opportunities for me to be successful & within just one year I have grown to all new levels #somuchmorethanfootball"

While both the Twitter conversations each have a different focus, FSU is gaining headlines or should we say followers.


Video Released of FSU's De'Andre Johnson Punching Woman at Night Club

The State Attorney's Office has released the video of De'Andre Johnson punching a woman at a bar.

FSU President Issues Statement About QB De'Andre Johnson

Coach Jimbo Fisher announced Monday night that De'Andre Johnson was no longer on the team, and FSU President John Thrasher said he fully supports that decision.

Former Seminole Greg Reid Says De'Andre Johnson's "Whole Life is About to Change"

After seeing the video of De'Andre Johnson allegedly punching a female at a Tallahassee nightclub, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher had no choice but to dismiss Johnson from the team. 

State Attorney to Interview FSU Football Players for De'Andre Johnson Case

Three more Florida State University football players will be questioned by the state attorney in a battery case involving a now former quarterback.

Warrant Issued for Florida State Running Back; Dalvin Cook Suspended Indefinitely

Another Florida State football player is under investigation for battery. According to State Attorney Willie Meggs, a warrant has been issued for Florida State running back Dalvin Cook on battery charges.

 FSU Running Back Dalvin Cook Turns Himself In to Leon County Jail

Dalvin Cook bonded out of the Leon County jail overnight after turning himself in Friday evening.

Thrasher Says Playing "Is a Privilege, Not a Right" to FSU Football Players

Florida State University President John Thrasher met with the FSU football team and coaches on Monday.

FSU Community Tweets School is #SoMuchMoreThanFootball

here's a hashtag on social media that has Tallahassee buzzing since Sunday.

In light of the recent headlines surrounding Florida State University's football team, professor Mark Zeigler tweeted, "FSU folks. We need a rally. Wear your colors. Tweet messages about your great FSU experiences. #somuchmorethanfootball."

FSU Running Back Dalvin Cook Cited in 2014 for Mistreating Puppies

The Florida State University running back who is facing battery charges, had three puppies chained in his yard to the point where they could not breathe, according to Animal Control Officers.