USC Player Slams Sun Bowl Matchup, El Paso; Apologizes Later

USC Player Slams Sun Bowl Matchup, El Paso; Apologizes Later

POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 4:13pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 7, 2012 - 10:37am

A Senior University of Southern California linebacker tweeted his displeasure with the pre-season number 1 team's selection for the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl against Georgia Tech.

Tony Burnett says "El Paso: "If you've ever seen a real life giant tumbleweed get ready." He wasn't happy with the matchup either, "Georgia Tech!? El Paso, Texas!? New Years Eve!? FML."

He also replied to several angry tweets, "for all you angry El Paso people. I rather play sooner than late. I don't really care about the city” and, "I've been to El Paso no one wants to be there New Year's Eve."  

Burnett goes by Benjamin S. Button on his account labeled @nocutz. Burnett shut down his account shortly after his tweets gained attention in El Paso.

He is a Senior Linebacker from Watts, California for the 7-5 Trojans. Burnett, also a member of USC's track team, served time as a backup cornerback and played on special teams as a senior this year.

After his account was shut down for about an hour, Burnett apologized for the tweets, "Earlier today I made some tweets I regret. To the city of El Paso and representatives of the Hyundai Sun Bowl, I apologize for my remarks."

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This punk should look at USC, the team he plays for as the reason USC is not playing in a higher level bowl game. He should be thanking El Paso for even getting the chance to play in the Sun Bowl. I remember a time when USC played TCU in the Sun Bowl and TCU WON! So don't think you are high and mighty Burnett cause you just showed that you have no class. I hope the coach leaves you home.

Oh dear, Mr. Burnett (aka B. Button) is unhappy playing in the Hyundai SunBowl. Let me see if I understand the situation: "USC was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason poll and projected by some to contend for the national title. They did not qualify for a Bowl Championship Series bowl game and were invited to the Sun Bowl." Emphasis on "did not qualify." You play for that team, right, Mr. Burnett? What's the deal. It's not El Paso's fault - all we did is invite your team to our humble

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