A player in New Hampshire has had a great award stripped from him because he couldn't stay off of social media. Patrick Welch lost his "Player of the Year" award for New Hampshire high school boys' basketball when he posted an obscene tweet about an opponent, as per Bleacher Report on March 28, 2014.
Patrick Welch, of Pembroke Academy in New Hampshire, was named the Division II Player of the Year, but the award was stripped from him after the championship game. Pembroke won that game, but Welch's cockiness is what lost him his individual award.
After Pembroke won the NHIAA Division II boys' basketball state title, Welch got on Twitter and posted:
"Shout out to Portsmouth, you may have won in the regular season...... But we won the ship you suck #f**kyourself"
Mind you, that hashtag was not censored in Welch's tweet, which was posted right after the game ended. It was deleted about 15 minutes later, but screenshots had been taken and plenty had read it.
The New Hampshire Basketball Coaches Organization stripped Welch of his award and gave it to another player. They also took back his invitations to play in the senior game and Twin State games that will be played this summer.
Matt Alosa, head coach for Pembroke Academy, issued a statement about his disappointment. Well, he wasn't disappointed in Welch so much, but the fact that his award was taken from him.
"I don't believe the punishment fits the crime
They basically took away Pat's body of work this season because of a tweet that ended up online for 15 minutes. I don't like and don't condone what was written in that tweet. There's no program I respect more than Portsmouth High.
Our principal (Michael Reardon) and athletic director (Suzanne Klink) drove with Pat to Portsmouth and he personally apologized to their athletic director, principal and coach.
But as far as I'm concerned, Pat Welch is still the player of the year."
For a full year, Patrick Welch showed his skill and talent, and he was given the ultimate individual award for his efforts. In one mere post, it was taken away.