The South Carolina Gamecocks are basically facing a must-win situation against the Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday to avoid dropping their third straight and falling to 0-4 in the SEC East - with a treacherous stretch of games still yet to come after the open week. A couple of players, though, appear to be taking shots at each other online through Twitter.
It all started with this tweet by freshman Shameik Blackshear after he learned that he would be redshirted for his freshman year. It was deleted today - but things put on the Internet live on forever.
The tweet stayed up overnight. This morning, Cory Helms, a transfer from Wake Forest who is sitting out due to NCAA regulations, took to Twitter himself and came out with this.
I'll ride with the ones who wanna be here and We got plenty of them, just a couple away.. If you don't wanna be here just leave— Cory Helms (@CoryHelms7251) October 11, 2015
That was followed by a second tweet, since deleted, asking Blackshear where he was during Friday's workout. Blackshear and Helms were a group of players that didn't make the trip to Baton Rouge with the rest of the team. Blackshear bristled at the tweet and fired back:
@CoryHelms7251 dont play wit me bruh fr— Shameik Blackshear (@Gwopo_7) October 11, 2015
It's natural that teammates get into it from time to time, but for a 2-4 team needing to win four of its final six to become bowl eligible (and with a schedule that includes three top-10 teams down the stretch), the last thing you want is your own players going at each other, even if they aren't playing this year.