Little League pitching phenomenon Mo'ne Davis is wise beyond her years.
The 14-year-old dealt with Internet trolling with more grace and courage than a celebrity reading Mean Tweets on Jimmy Kimmel. After a college baseball player was kicked off his team for posting a pretty awful tweet about her, Mo'ne chose to forgive him.
Here is what we should all take away from this encounter:
1. Take The High Road
Hope the young man that deemed it appropriate to call #MoneDavis a derogatory name feels humbled by this act of grace pic.twitter.com/gVF86QBzUN
— Dr. Tanyika M (@DrTanyikaM) March 23, 2015
Mo'ne is clearly far more mature than her college-aged fellow athlete, and watching a 14-year-old forgive the comments of this (semi) adult man should make us all want to take the high road. It's easy to start a fight. It's easy to keep a fight going, especially on Twitter. Next time someone starts a fight, surprise them with a swift dose of forgiveness. Taylor Swift is actually quite good at this, and there are other famous fire-starters who should do the same. I'm talking to you, Nikki, Kanye, Bieber, Snoop and Iggys (both Azalea and Banks).
2. Your Jealousy Is Showing
(via @BigCass24 on Philly.com)
Putting someone down is a clear sign of jealousy. As a child, I always shoved sand down my sister's shirt because she was better than me at everything. I was obviously crazy jealous of her. In his infamous tweet, Joey Casselberry expressed his anger about Mo'ne inspiring a Disney movie, which means he is probably sitting in his dorm room right now fantasizing about his own Disney movie that will never happen. Sorry Joey, you're too old. Now act your age, and stop throwing sand.
3. Positive Thinking Matters
Mo'ne has a good deal of natural born athletic ability, but what's ability without heart? Anyone who's seen Center Stage knows what I'm talking about! Mo'ne's attitude is as superior as her pitching skills. Positivity is key! Tell yourself the glass if half full even when it's full of garbage. If this sounds like a self-help book, I'm making my point.
4. Think Before You Internet Speak
We all think terrible thoughts. Before social media, we used to have to stew in our own terrible thoughts until we settled down or vented to a friend via phone, fax or telegram. Thanks to screengrabs and archiving apps, everything you say on the Internet is forever. Let's go back to talking trash out loud instead of posting it online, where the robots are gathering information to eventually take over.
5. Sports Teams: Follow Suit
Bloomsburg Univ is deeply saddened by what was written about #MoneDavis by one of our student-athletes. His words do not represent us.— BU Huskies (@GoBUHuskies) March 21, 2015
I commend Bloomsburg University for taking action and urge sports teams to follow this example. A man was kicked off a team for online bullying, however college and professional players and staff at all levels keep their jobs after much more harrowing offenses are covered up, denied, or dealt with internally instead of punishing those involved for infractions. It would be super cool if people knew they would be held accountable for their actions even in the sacred world of sports.