Texas A&M Football WR Takes Shot at False Narratives Surrounding Aggies and NIL; Calls Out Ignorant CFB Fans
Amidst the furor of the first day of the transfer portal officially being open, anxious minds around the country are full of thoughts of Texas A&M football. With the skill the Aggies have accumulated and the change they have recently undergone, programs in need of a talent boost are working overtime to coax players on the roster into transferring to their school.
In the middle of the madness, On3 found it newsworthy enough to report on an Instagram comment left by Texas A&M football WR Evan Stewart. The original post said something about the legendary 2022 class for the Aggies breaking up, likely precipitated by the news that Walter Nolen was entering the transfer portal (which has turned out to be false in any case), and Evan responded.
In context, it should be clear to any reasonable person that Stewart is criticizing the false narrative, infamously spread by a message board user named Sliced Bread, that the Aggie class was paid so much. Ever since that gained traction, a huge magnifying glass over each and every player in that class has been ever-present, coloring the narratives surrounding all of them individually and the school at large.
In apparent determination to spin anything possible against the Aggies, the same college football fans that Evan was criticizing in his comment for being taken in by such obviously false and outrageous claims are now acting as if Stewart was criticizing the school for not paying them a million dollars each.
The idea that it was not NIL that drew this class to Aggieland is apparently so reprehensible to the minds of this class of fan that even when a player says as much, these fans find the presupposition incontrovertible and instead interpret the comment in an entirely nonsensical fashion. If the players were promised money that they didn’t receive, why did they play at all? Even more, why did all but those who were suspended stay another year? This is a narrative that falls apart so easily when given even the most basic level of critical thought.
I keep thinking I’ve seen it all when it comes to awful takes about the 2022 recruiting cycle. But whenever the subject re-emerges, I am swiftly proven wrong in that assumption. This is a new low.