At the end of most games, Michigan State center Derrick Nix retweets negative comments made about him on Twitter throughout the game.
Nix, if you didn’t know, is a terrific personality, a gold mine of quotes, often with subtle one-liners when least expected.
And, except for when he’s deleted his Twitter account, he’s an entertaining follow on Twitter at @DerrickNix25, usually tweeting after victories, “RIP ta da competition.”
During the first half of MSU’s win at Wisconsin Tuesday night, among my many tweets, I pointed out Nix’s struggles and, after his second foul, tweeted, “Derrick Nix struggling today. Second foul. Might help MSU that he sits for a bit.”
After the game, I noticed Nix had retweeted me, something usually reserved for crass criticism or personal attacks.
So, Thursday, I asked him about it.
“I was struggling,’ Nix said. “You didn’t say ‘Derrick Nix sucks.’
“I agreed with you, because I wasn’t playing well and Payne and Keith were playing their butts off.”
Colleague Joe Rexrode then suggested that, from now on, we try to catch Nix’s attention with our tweets (look for some strange stuff from Joe during Sunday’s Indiana game).
As for why Nix takes to retweeting his detractors …
“I do that just to show how ignorant people are,” Nix said. ” … I feel like there are a lot of people out here who’ve never played sports, who’ve never sacrificed their (personal) life to do anything, but make comments on players and athletes, maybe because they have a bad game or they’re not a fan of theirs. I just think that’s stupid. I think I might delete my Twitter again.”
On behalf of the media, don’t do that, Derrick.