Social media slams Jason Whitlock for controversial tweet following Texas elementary school shooting

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By , Audacy Sports

Former sports columnist and current media pundit Jason Whitlock is no stranger to ruffling the feathers of many on social media. From his time at ESPN to his time at FS1, Whitlock is immune to the constant criticism he faces on a daily basis.

Whitlock was trending this morning on Twitter after tweeting a controversial message following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary High School in Uvalde, Texas that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

In his first tweet, Whitlock calls out the "cowardice" of the police who were at the scene of the shooting and says with the current environment we find ourselves in today, there is little incentive or reward for being a hero anymore. He adds when you make heroes out of guys like George Floyd, "real heroes" stand down.

The 55-year-old Whitlock then posted another tweet which caused an even bigger stir on the social media platform. He not only doubled down on his statement but wondered if the police would respond if another tragedy like the World Trade Center happened today.

"Our culture has moved such a negative direction in the last decade," Whitlock said Thursday. "I'm not sure first responders would run-up in the World Trade Towers today. Cultural rot has consequences. When you make heroes of people who contribute nothing and demonize those who risk everything."

Many across Twitter took issue with Whitlock's comments, calling the former FS1 personality out for his poor timing and for severely missing the point altogether.

While it's clear as day that Whitlock's take is not settling well with those in the sports world, no matter what side of the fence you're on, his tweet was certainly poorly timed.

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