Basketball Player Kicked Off Facebook for Ad

Andy Robinson, a basketball star at University of Buffalo, was kicked off the team after posting an ad on Facebook looking for a fellow student to write his paper. Apparently he was able to figure out Facebook’s SocialAds program in order to post the following ad:

I am paying anybody who have read the book ‘there are no children here’ by Alex Kotlowitz $30-40 which in some classes you have to read at UB (even more money if you have to read the book a little more!!) to write a 3-4 page paper, on a couple questions which was assigned.

Given that Andy was not a grammatical whiz it probably would have been better had another student written the paper. Looking for a challenging university to get into? I don’t think University of Buffalo will meet your standards. Then again, perhaps Andy had someone else write his application essay. Following his notification of being indefinitely suspended, Andy Robinson made the following statement to the University:

I realize I made a mistake for which I take full responsibility and realize I must regain the trust of my teammates, fellow student-athletes and coaching staff. I have brought disappointment in myself and the university and for this I am truly sorry.

In addition to being apologetic, it appears that Andy experienced a drastic improvement in his grammatical skills. Have Andy’s dreams of one day playing in the NBA been totally destroyed? Not necessarily. The coach stated, “We will evaluate his position on the team based on any university action, as well as him meeting expectations placed on him by the Division of Athletics and the men’s basketball program.”

If you are looking to commit a crime or just break the rules, you may not want to advertise your intention on Facebook. So for all those potential criminals reading this blog, here’s some advice: don’t promote your intentions. Your likelihood of getting caught increases drastically if you buy ads looking for an accomplice. Just a thought!