On Wednesday morning, hours after NC State's shocking loss at Wake Forest the previous night, ex-Wolfpack forward Thomas de Thaey took a parting shot at his former coach.
That's what happens when you're a great recruiter, but a terrible coach!
— Thomas De Thaey (@de_thaeyGOPACK) January 23, 2013
Had de Thaey been the only one criticizing second-year coach Mark Gottfried, it probably would've been written off as the disgruntled words of a player who returned home to his native Belgium in November when his playing time evaporated. Instead freshman forward T.J. Warren retweeted de Thaey's jab, which lent increased credibility to it and raises questions about the relationship between Gottfried and his players.
Warren's immature choice comes at a time when NC State needs to stand together rather than allow adversity to tear them apart. The Wolfpack have lost two of three since their upset of top-ranked Duke less than two weeks ago, sandwiching a narrow four-point home win over Clemson between losses to Maryland and Wake Forest.
What's especially odd is Warren doesn't exactly have reason to be frustrated with Gottfried. The freshman forward has been part of NC State's rotation all season and has averaged 17.5 points in 25 minutes in each of the past two games.
Warren has since undone his retweet of de Thaey's tweet after taking criticism from fans and media, but de Thaey hasn't backed down.
"Y'all mad at me now because I'm just telling you guys the truth...LOL!" de Thaey tweeted. "That's what happens when you're blind to the facts!"