Texas Tech put it to the trolls over the weekend.

Texas Tech athletes took a little pause over the weekend. The team used that time to help clean up a local park.

Let's look at the other side of that coin. What did the players get for showing their concern? Threats of boycotts, nasty messages, and other ugliness.

It's no secret that the Facebook keyboard warriors, especially those on the local TV station pages, love to heap their hate on anything they disagree with or don't understand. (We get some of that on our Facebook page, too, but we pull out the banhammer on a far more regular basis.)

Here are the questions for you hateful little trolls: what have you done for our community? It's a rhetorical question, of course -- I know the answer is nothing. I have yet to see someone who is principled, generous, or gives a damn about Lubbock speak out against something like this.

Texas Tech stepped up and did a little something for this town. Deeds, not words count. I'd like to see anyone who thinks the Red Raiders' protest is wrong do something meaningful for the community. But let's face it, that's not going to happen.

These young men, probably 18 to 22 years old, are still trying to figure out their place in the world, and right now they're being taught some really ugly lessons about Lubbock. I would encourage the rest of you to double your support for the guys. You don't have to believe everything they believe in; you just have to be a good American and stand up for the fact that they have the right to believe in whatever they want.

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