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Zach McCabe addresses Twitter controversy

[ 0 ] March 4, 2014 |

The letters of support are starting to pile up in Zach McCabe’s locker at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

They’ve been arriving ever since McCabe had a nasty experience on Twitter in which he lashed out at his critics just hours after Iowa’s 79-74 loss to Wisconsin on Feb. 22 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. McCabe quickly apologized for his vulgar comment and then closed his Twitter account.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery has since ordered all his players to shut down their Twitter accounts until the season ends. Iowa has two regular-season games left, beginning with Thursday’s game at Michigan State.

“It’s overwhelming the support you get,” McCabe said Tuesday before practice. “It’s always nice when people are cheering for you. I’ve gotten letters from people from New York, Washington, just different states. Anytime you get a letter from an alum, that’s always a nice thing.

“I think it’s just cool seeing how many Iowa fans are out there from different places, from different states. It just means a lot. I still have all the letters in my locker. They’re piling up a little bit.”

McCabe said he’s finished with being on Twitter, at least for the foreseeable future.

“I’m done with that,” he said.

McCabe regrets lashing out on Twitter. He responded to his critics after being held scoreless and badly missing a 3-point shot in the closing seconds against the Badgers.

“I just knew when I did it, it was probably a stupid thing to do,” said McCabe, a 6-foot-7 senior forward from Sioux City who has started 40 games in his career. “It was just something I need to learn from.

“It was nice getting support from people knowing that there is so much more support out there than idiots saying stuff to you. Our fans always have our back and they just want what’s best for us.”

It wasn’t just the Iowa fans who voiced their support for McCabe. So did Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg and several of his players.

“They go through the same stuff we do,” McCabe said. “I appreciate that. Us college basketball players need to stick together and support each other, too.”

Reach Pat Harty at 339-7370 or pharty@press-citizen.com.

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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