House member’s fumbled tweet

1280px-Florida_A&M_Rattlers_logo.svgTallahassee Democratic Rep. Ramon Alexander, a passionate Rattler, flagged himself for a tweet calling for the head of Florida A&M’s football team as it fell to Bethune-Cookman in Orlando on Saturday.

Alexander, a 2007 FAMU grad, tweeted Saturday: “It is extremely rare that I will make this type of public comment…. Coach Alex Wood MUST be fired immediately for the fake punt call in the 4th Quarter of the Florida Classic….and I mean Immediately.”

A day later Alexander acknowledged that he was “frustrated like thousands of other Rattlers” with the 29-24 outcome in the Florida Classic.

“I have no problem with admitting when I could have handled my personal thoughts and frustrations differently,” the freshman Democrat said in a statement issued Sunday.

“As a member of the Florida House of Representatives, I must attempt to be cognizant at all times of my significant role in the Florida Legislature,” Alexander continued. “To be very clear my reaction and personal opinions were in no way intended to directly influence the leadership of FAMU to make a specific decision about the future of Rattler Football.”

FAMU is 3-8, (2-5 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). In three seasons, the Rattlers have an 8-24 record under Wood, including last season’s 4-7 (4-4 in conference).

It’s doubtful that Alexander’s tweet had anything to do with it, but by Monday morning, Wood was gone, according to news reports.

By Jim Turner.