Mississippi State player vents on Twitter, then account vanishes

It was only a matter of time before the frustrations from this mess of a basketball season at Mississippi State hit the Twitterverse from within the program.

That finally happened, and then the tweets vanished into thin cyber-air.

Well, not completely.

Following the Bulldogs' 75-61 loss at Alabama on Wednesday night, senior guard Ravern Johnson went into rip mode on Twitter, including an apparent dig at coach Rick Stansbury. According to Brad Locke, who covers the team for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Johnson's postgame interview was 'vanilla,' but a tweet that followed shortly after was the complete opposite.

"Starting to see why people Transfer," Johnson wrote, "you can play the minutes but not getting your talents shown because u watching someone else wit the ball the whole game shooters need to move not watch why other coaches get that do not make sense to me."

The tweet was then re-tweeted by controversial freshman forward Renardo Sidney on his Twitter feed.

Soon after that, not only was the tweet deleted, but both players' Twitter accounts vanished, too.

Sometimes, though, what is written on the web can never really be erased, no matter how hard one might try. Locke copied the tweet onto his feed before it was no more.

Johnson, the team's second-leading scorer at 17.6 ppg this season, played all 40 minutes in the loss, scoring 10 points but attempting only seven shots, which is about half of his 14.4 per game average.

Between the brawl in Honolulu, the mid-year transfers of Twany Beckham and Elgin Bailey and, above all, the losing (they're now 11-10 overall and 3-4 in the SEC), this has long been considered a lost season in Starkville.

Yet, somehow, they keep reeling us back in.

Ryan Greene covers UNLV and the Mountain West Conference for the Las Vegas Sun. Read his Rebels coverage and follow him on Twitter.

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