Social media is a wonderful outlet for people from all over the world to interact, some of whom would never have contact otherwise. But social media’s greatest blessing is also its greatest curse, as the level of anonymity it provides makes it easy for unwarranted shots at others.
Take Alabama running back Kenyan Drake. Drake suffered a devastating broken leg in the Tide’s 23-17 loss at Ole Miss on Saturday that could put his football future in some jeopardy.
But Kenyan Drake has been positive through his social media accounts and used them to update fans on his condition. He posted the below image and message to Instagram on Wednesday (h/t BamaHammer.com):
Rehab Day 1: Light movement in my ankle to release stiffness. Wasn't too sure about it but they were impressed with my mobility. Swelling is still to be expected for the next few weeks but no where to go but up!
And on Twitter, expressed gratitude for the outpouring he’s received from friends and well-wishers, adding “God is Good.”
Trying to reply to all these texts and calls are overwhelming. A great problem to have. God is Good
— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx17) October 7, 2014
Of course, the negative side of social media being what it is, a professed Alabama fan responded:
@KDx17 there is no god. You broke your leg playing a dangerous game. Stop it with the god nonsense, and get healed soon.
— brian (@bab1286) October 8, 2014
…Ugh. Well, at least he wished Drake a speedy recovery, but it gets lost in the chiding.
Were Drake to go off half-cocked on the unprovoked and unnecessary criticism, it would be understandable. But his response is a quintessential example of turning the other cheek:
@bab1286 Im not forcing my belief on anyone so dont force yours on me. Im just enjoying the happiness that comes with loving and being loved
— Kenyan Drake™ (@KDx17) October 8, 2014
That’s pure class and frankly, the kind of example of human decency we should all follow. Whenever Kenyan Drake makes his return to action, he has a fan in me.
Editor’s note: Credit to @Houndztooth, whose original RT brought this story to my attention.