Ohio State is getting blasted for Twitter graphic with 'silence' message

Ohio State is getting quite a bit of backlash for a graphic it sent out on its football Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

And, frankly, it’s warranted.

Here’s the graphic in question:

Ohio State, ranked No. 4 in the country, is headed to one of the tougher road environments in the country, Penn State’s “whiteout,” where ninth-ranked PSU crams more than 100,000 fans into Beaver Stadium all wearing white for a nighttime kickoff.

So you can see where OSU was going with the graphic. Beaver Stadium is going to be really, really loud and the Buckeyes want to “silence the white noise.”

But silence takes a much different connotation coming from Ohio State

Urban Meyer is back on the sidelines for Ohio State after serving a three-game suspension for the way he handled former assistant Zach Smith over the years. Smith was hired by Meyer when he arrived at OSU in 2012 and remained on staff until July, when Meyer fired him. All the while, Smith had been accused of domestic violence, among other transgressions, against his now ex-wife Courtney Smith.

Meyer — and others on staff — was aware of the those issues, including a 2015 domestic violence allegation, but kept Smith on staff the whole time.

There was also the issue of Meyer’s cell phone. In the Ohio State-commissioned investigative report that ultimately led to Meyer’s suspension, it was revealed that Meyer asked a staff member whether the media would be able to access his phone and “specifically discussed how to adjust the settings” on his phone so that “text messages older than one year would be deleted.”

Meyer has denied that he deleted any texts or that he asked a staff member about his text messages.

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COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer sing Carmen Ohio at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: A supporter of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: A supporter of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Stacy Elliott, father of former Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott, speaks at a rally in support of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer hold signs at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Jeff Hamms, organizer of a rally in support of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer, and Stacy Elliott, father of former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, embrace at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer sign a giant card for Meyer at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - AUGUST 6: Supporters of Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer sign a giant card for Meyer at a rally at Ohio State University on August 6, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Meyer is on paid administrative leave after a reports alleging he knew of a 2015 allegation of domestic violence against former assistant football coach Zach Smith, who was fired in July. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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With that said, you can see where a message of “silence” could rub a lot of people the wrong way.

The replies, with “tone deaf” being a common takeaway, certainly make that clear:

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