Bralon Addison got hate mail when he decided to come to Oregon.
On Twitter and in text fans let loose with intolerable venom:
Just made the biggest mistake of your life!
how much they payin you?
just as long as you know you made a mistake
buh bye mr irrelevant
Those were the milder moments, printable within the bounds of decency. Some quoted Bible verses and accused him of being a liar. Some of it became even racist and sexual.
Breaking free: Bralon Addison hauls in a 55-yard touchdown pass against Arizona last September. The Ducks faked a zone read handoff and then a bubble screen, allowing the versatile, speedy freshman to beat the safeties deep. (Thomas Boyd, oregonlive.com photo)
When Addison posts thoughtfully in social media about Trayvon Martin and the Zimmerman case, he knows first-hand how ugly and wrong people can be.
Before the sophomore wide receiver became the smooth, poised playmaker who was the buzz of Oregon spring practice, nabbing 8 passes for 136...