Each year during rivalry week, it seems like Michigan or Michigan State fans do some vandalism to the opposing team’s campus in order to get a rise out of their hated rivals. For the past two times, it has been Michigan doing the vandalizing, this time on the Magic Johnson statue outside of the Breslin Center.
😳😳😳 So disrespectful. 😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/zkraUAsfxu
— Alvin Ellis (@AEllisIII) October 15, 2015
That’s just a no-no. Men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo wasn’t very pleased with the vandalism, either. He had some harsh words to say about the group of painters who decided painting one of the school’s heroes with yellow paint was a good idea.
Tom Izzo unhappy with “idiots” who painted Magic statue, makes it clear it should be considered a couple fans, not U-M at large.
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) October 15, 2015
Painting the Spartan statue is one thing, but putting yellow paint all over Magic’s face and body while writing “Beat State” on the base is just too far.
Yeah, this stuff happens every year because of the rivalry, but that would be like MSU going to Michigan and painting the Bo Schembechler statue green and white. Just distasteful.
If the Spartans ever needed a reason to add more fuel to the fire, they didn’t have to because Michigan fans just did it for them.
Heading into Saturday’s game as an underdog with no one predicting them to win and calling MSU overrated and now painting the Magic Johnson statue maize and blue, the Spartans will surely be heated when they take the field against the Wolverines.
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