In his article — Rushing the field? Gay slur sign more embarrassing to BYU — Salt Lake Tribune TV reporter Scott Pierce didn’t like a sign he saw during a BYU football game against Mississippi State last week.
The Cougars won the game in double overtime for its first home win over an SEC program as fans rushed the field in celebration after Jamaal Willaims also set the all-time school rushing record.
The sign said: “You can’t say Mississippi without saying sissy.”
Pierce went on to blast the women for her sign saying, “it was truly embarrassing” and wrote about how the word sissy is a gay slur.
Fans from both BYU and the Univesity of Utah blasted Pierce for his article, especially after users caught Pierce using the gay slur on Twitter a few years ago.
I've deleted a 2012 tweet in which I used the gay slur “sissies.” That term should not be used. Period. I was wrong. I apologize.
— Scott D. Pierce (@ScottDPierce) October 19, 2016
This was how the sports world reacted to the news.
— Kung Fu Kevy (@kevinsgiles) October 19, 2016
— Fetcher in the Kai (@BYUBrochacho) October 19, 2016
— Nikipedia (@nikiped1a) October 19, 2016
Is it early April fools or did a writer for @sltrib really call BYU homophobic since a fan had the word sissy on a sign? This can't be real.
— Jake Murphy (@Jake_Murphy82) October 19, 2016
you on twitter is more embarrassing than rushing the field, IMO #clickbait
— Joe (@JSJ35) October 19, 2016
I suggest picking yourself up a supply of these… you're going to need them for awhile. A long while! pic.twitter.com/KUdrhy8wao
— ThinkingClearly (@alan_reese) October 20, 2016
You win the award for most pathetic human today.. Good job trying to divide people and cause hate over a non issue…
— Jimmy Rex (@JimmyRex) October 19, 2016
The girl holding the sign (who was humiliated by you) just said sorry. So could you delete that article now? #HYPOCRITE
— C Russell (@Thruandthru8) October 19, 2016
dude you r a tv blogger.do what you do. stay away from things u know nothing https://t.co/mG1xQSHEVT sports, journalism, or PC terminology
— Randy Miller (@thedodger1) October 19, 2016
Scott, want to know why ESPN showed the "sissy" sign for 8-9 seconds as u stated? Because they didn't identify it as gay slur.
— Jordan Rasmussen (@Chelolays) October 19, 2016
heros come and go but screenshots last forever pic.twitter.com/Ij2zIMqojW
— Parker Swonson (@Pswony4) October 19, 2016
Ute fans even got in the act saying it’s the most united Holy War fans have ever been.
it's the most united I have seen Utah and BYU fan bases. All it takes is one common idiot as an enemy.
— Whitt's Calves (@swatmary) October 19, 2016
It didn’t take long for somebody to start editing the Wikipedia definition of sissy as the roasting continued. The new definition reads, “anyone reading his article realized this was a stretch and his credibility was then destroyed.”
y'all are too quick ?? pic.twitter.com/JWc5WJYNCq
— Mormon Problems (@TheMormonProbs) October 19, 2016