Life is full of disappointments. The best we can do is accept them with grace. Maybe by smiling, stating that everything will work out in the end, or leaving the room abruptly without saying anything. The last one may sound a touch out of place in the list, but it does happen.
That’s exactly what 4-Star wide receiver Jacob Copeland’s mother did at his signing. Copeland had a difficult choice to make between playing for the Florida Gators, Alabama Tide, or Tennessee Vols. Judging from the Alabama and Tennessee merchandise on the people there to support him, it looked like he had two real choices. But if that’s what you were thinking, you’d be just as surprised as Copeland’s mom.
Copeland picked Florida, which is great news for the team. It’s great news for Copeland, who gets a free education playing in a place that he obviously gave plenty of thought. It doesn’t seem to be great news for his mother.
Jacob Copeland’s mother — in an Alabama sweater and Tennessee hat — just got up and left after he announced he was going to Florida pic.twitter.com/tOZHnZeamv— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 7, 2018
Yikes. No one wants to see that kind of reaction on their special day. I know what it’s like to have an unpopular opinion- I’m not really a fan of dogs, so you can imagine people want to walk out on me all the time- but I haven’t had an experience quite like this one. Still, Copeland was a good sport about it, tweeting that you’d laugh at the video if you knew his mom.
What my mama did today was hilarious 😂 if you knew her personally that’s her job. PUT ON A SHOW! 🤦🏾♂️😂😂— Jacob Copeland 🇭🇹 (@JCope1era) February 7, 2018
If you’re not laughing, there is some good news. Copeland’s mom came back later and gave him a hug, sending her support for his decision after all.
Jacob Copeland gets a hug from his mom after she walked off following his choice of Florida. pic.twitter.com/WMenTWLEls— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) February 7, 2018
There was disappointment, but hopefully everyone will be able to come together and celebrate. As long as they can get a refund on that Alabama and Tennessee merchandise. That stuff is expensive.