Tennessee team suffers Facebook flub
Mothers often complain about their kids’ rooms being too messy. But the nagging doesn’t always happen on Facebook — and doesn’t always carry heavy consequences.
For a pair of high school athletes in Tennessee, their mother’s use of social media to voice her displeasure is resulting in more than just extra chores. Two brothers, Rodney and Ryan Belasic, have been declared ineligible to play for the Perry County High football team because their family does not meet the county’s residency requirements.
How did the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association learn about the family’s residency status? Through a Facebook post by the Belasic brothers’ mom, according to the Nashville Tennessean.
According to TSSAA Executive Director Bernard Childress, school officials were led to believe that the entire family had moved to Perry County over the summer. But opposing coaches threw a red flag on the mother, who revealed a bit too much on a seemingly harmless Facebook post.
"But the mother actually works in Henry County, and she posted on her Facebook page that she sent the kids back to Perry County for the week and that she would not see them again until Friday night," Childress said. "Then, later on her Facebook page, she posted, 'How can two boys mess up their room as badly as they do when they're only here on Saturday and Sunday?'"
That post was enough to bring the heat from the TSSAA. The brothers’ transfer to the district was denied and the Perry County High football team had their first three victories of the season rescinded.