Tennessee freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is the latest prominent athlete to reach out to local Knoxville bullying victim Keaton Jones.
Keaton has received widespread support since a video of him describing the bullying he endured at school went viral:
This is Keaton Jones. He is amazing. I hope those who bullied him get what’s coming to them. And soon. pic.twitter.com/qgRObI0rto
— Jamie O'Grady (@JamieOGrady) December 9, 2017
Guarantano tweeted a picture of himself with Keaton on Sunday, calling Keaton his “new best bud,” and saying he had “changed my life forever”:
So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton. It was unbelievable to get to know him and realize that we have a lot in common. This dude is very special and has changed my life forever. Now I have the little brother I always wanted! God bless you my man pic.twitter.com/vMHVtnf2rC
— Jarrett Guarantano✞ (@BroadwayJay2) December 11, 2017
Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker reached out to Keaton on Saturday to invite him to a Titans game. Walker said he hoped to raise awareness for bullying.
Guarantano’s Volunteer teammate, wide receiver Tyler Byrd, tweeted that he planned to go to visit Keaton’s middle school on Tuesday:
We going to the middle school next Tuesday show young Man some love we will also TWITTER LIVE some of it so everyone can show there love and support #vols #StopBullying @cboystunna3 @BroadwayJay2 @JKShuttlesworth @smithtrey98
— Tyler Byrd (@D1fuzzymuffin17) December 9, 2017
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit also lent his support to Keaton, and invited him on the “College GameDay” set anytime next year:
Hey Keaton, I’m very sorry you have been going through such tough times. You showed a lot of courage by letting people know how some have been treating you. We would love have you and your family come out to @CollegeGameDay anytime you’d like next year. You’re always welcome. https://t.co/9WTkpt8Xub
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) December 11, 2017
Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald tweeted an invitation to Keaton to hang out with the Bulldogs team.
Keaton’s video has raised tremendous awareness for the bullying that he and thousands of other kids endure everyday. The support from the sports world and other celebrities continues to roll in.
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