Here’s what’s NOT FUNNY about the shooting at FSU

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It’s difficult to believe that a post like this has to be written, but after an inappropriate tweet from ESPNU reporter Marisa Martin about the shooting at Florida State University, a few words of caution are in order.

Here’s what’s not funny today:

Jameis Winston jokes.

#BlameJameis tweets.

Jokes about crab legs.

Jokes about autographs.

Basically, any joke linking the tragedy at FSU with the school’s football team is just not funny.

Also, keep the “Koch brothers are to blame” memes to yourself. We get it, you think FSU is a wholly-owned subsidiary of conservative philanthropists and that’s what caused this gunman to shoot at innocent kids studying late at night. But today, can you not go there?

You want to talk about campus safety? That’s fine. You want to discuss FSU president John Thrasher’s maverick (for a red-meat Republican) position on not wanting guns allowed on campus? That’s certainly an interesting line of discussion.

But somehow suggesting that FSU’s quarterback is connected to or to blame for this horrible moment IS ABSOLUTELY OUT OF BOUNDS.

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