Royce Young

Royce Young is an NBA reporter for ESPN covering the Oklahoma City Thunder. That means he’s been in the press room all these years, watching the icy relationship between Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel take shape. Westbrook has no love lost for Tramel, whom he told “I just don’t like you” back in 2015 and hasn’t let up since. Tensions boiled over early this week once again as Westbrook refused to answer Berry’s questions.

Tramel has refuted the notion that Westbrook has singled him out, instead noting that Russ has a problem with the media in general. He says that Westbrook seems to treat all media members the same, which unfortunately invites his defenders and fans to back him up under the guise of protecting their guy.

That brings us back to Young, who was reporting what he saw, as he usually does, with some commentary that you’d expect from an insider. That’s when he received a particularly ugly comment from one of those trolls.

That particularly nasty comment refers to the fact that Royce and wife Keri lost their daughter Eva in 2017 when she was stillborn. Their story made headlines when they revealed that they had decided to carry Eva to term despite the fact that she had Anencephaly, a condition in which an infant is missing the cortex of their brain, which meant she would only live for a very short time after birth. Through the devastation, the Youngs were able to raise awareness about neonatal organ donation and the emotional toll this kind of situation can take.

They shared it as a way to help. To use it as a cudgel to attack Royce with, especially over something as asinine as an NBA player game, is just inhumane.

Thankfully, people came out of the woodwork to shout down that comment and remind everyone about the kind of character Royce and Keri displayed then and now in his response.

Keri Young also responded in kind, noting that rather than focusing their anger on this troll, supporters should instead make sure they’ve signed up as organ donors and turn it into positive energy.

And in an added bonus, the original troll deleted his account. Then, someone else grabbed the name and turned it into one that supports the Youngs and their cause.

[FTW]

About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed, Neighborhoods.com, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.