Cliff Harris may be facing a lot of public backlash for his NASCAR-like racing down Interstate 5 this past weekend and the subsequent brakes Oregon had to put on the star cornerback, but Harris does have at least one person that willing to go to bat for him -- Oregon running back Kenjon Barner.
In one tweet, Barner wrote that he thought Harris was being held to too high of a standard.
"A lot of ppl hold us on such high pedestal tht u forget we r human we make mistakes he didn't murder,rob,or anything like tht get over it."
In a total of seven tweets, Barner supported Harris and even responded to those who questioned his thinking. By the morning, Barner backed off his rant and left the defense to the university.
"No other coach in America has handled off the field issues better than coach K. I will leave to him and so should u!!! God bless."
Whether you agree with Barner or not, there's something to be said about teammates sticking up for each other. I agree that Harris' offenses are a little soft compared to some of the other things we've seen go on in the past year. Yes, he was reckless and irresponsible, but theoretically it wasn't conduct detrimental to the team. He wasn't drinking and he wasn't doing drugs. He was joyriding and apparently doesn't know how to pay his tickets. There might be other issues involved, but that's what we know.
So, it's good to see a teammate stick up for another. It's the antithesis of what we saw when the Ohio State stuff started coming to a head.
- Cliff Harris