Tyrone Johnson has tyrant-like Twitter tantrum about security guard Sierra, once again proves 97.5 is its own worst enemy
Yes, we’re talking about it. I wanted to wait until the dust settled from the Tyrone Johnson Bag Incident of 2021 before making my comments. After all, I am The Liberty Line’s impartial arbiter of truth and justice. While it is a heavy burden, I bear it with pride. That said, let’s get into it.
It all began with a now-deleted tweet from 97.5 producer and general snob Tyrone Johnson. After a less than desirable interaction at the gate entering the Eagles’ open practice, Tyrone decided to drag a security guard at the Linc, Sierra, on Twitter, calling her the “stupidest person he had ever met.”
The reason? His wife, whose name I refuse to learn, was hassled at the gate for not bringing in a stadium-approved bag, a rule that has been in place since I was old enough to make a Twitter without lying about my age. Here’s a refresher courtesy of The Liberty Line:
A lot has already been made of the “Bag Wars,” so we won’t get bogged down in the details. It’s been discussed ad nauseam on Twitter. Tyrone has already apologized on the radio. His wife deleted her account. We can all just move on, right? Well, not really.
Some say the apology was sincere. It might have been, but I don’t really care. Why? Because he consistently acts like this. He constantly calls callers stupid on the air, blocks people on Twitter, and acts holier than thou with every take he has, sports or otherwise.
Sure, Tyrone had to double down when he got backlash, as did his wife. You can’t rip a part-time employee just trying to do their job on a Sunday night on social media and immediately back down. That’d look just as bad.
But, at the same time, Tyrone and his wife looked like nothing more than entitled jerks on the timeline, bashing Sierra for enforcing a rule that’s been in place for quite some time. Behavior like this, treating a working-class hero with such disdain and defending it so voraciously in a public forum, is something only seen from the Cold War-era dictators of the Eastern Bloc.
Many come to mind but seeing as his wife was so involved in the online derision of this young woman, the comparison to Romanian president Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife, Elena. Their public outbursts are historically known, and their entitlement and greed knew no bounds.
They saw the people as a means to an end. An entity to be manipulated and controlled. Seeing as Tyrone did a radio plug in the middle of the incident unfolding on Twitter, and his wife proclaimed Sierra’s job was safe, despite having literally zero power in that realm, the comparison seems apt.
Plus, the couple’s tweets make me think of this hilarious scene from Burn After Reading. Have a watch and, if you haven’t seen the movie, I’m 34% sure it’s on Amazon Prime.
Now, hyperbolic, shoehorned, contractually-obligated communism reference aside, I was really bummed to see this from Tyrone. I’d been a fan of his for a long time until recently. It wasn’t the politics that scared me away; I enjoyed listening to him speak on issues of importance to him. That kind of relationship over the airwaves, getting to know the hosts a little outside the world of sports, is something I’ve always found really cool.
It’s the arrogance and lack of personal accountability that has turned me off from Tyrone. Anybody that disagrees with him he just calls stupid. In fact, I’m sure he’d call me stupid if he read this blog (or just the headline) because that’s his only response to a critique.
If anybody is stupid, it’s him and his wife. How does a Philly sports radio host not know stadium entry rules? For the LINC, no less. Come on, Tyrone, either you’ve never been to a game, or you’re willfully defying the bag rule because you think you’re hot shit.
Anyways. Cool. Tyrone apologized, whatever. Nothing will really change. Does it need to? If 97.5 The Fanatic wants to stay relevant, absolutely.
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