Twitter is a funny bird. It’s a world where it’s hard to tell what’s true and what’s not.
Tua Tagovailoa tweeted “Farewell to the Lou” today. Some people took that to mean that the star quarterback who has committed to play for Alabama in 2017 is leaving Saint Louis now.
That is NOT TRUE, according to Galu Tagovailoa, his father, who told Hawaii Prep World early Monday evening that Tua will remain as the quarterback of the Crusaders. Galu said the tweet by Tua was a “see you guys tomorrow” kind of thing and that Tua will be at practice tomorrow.
Head coach Cal Lee also told Hawaii Prep World early Monday evening that he had not heard that Tua is leaving the team.
“I was there 20 minutes after practice and everybody was gone and I didn’t hear that Tua was leaving,” Lee said.
One trusted source told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that Tua addressed the team Monday to say he was leaving. Many other trusted Hawaii Prep World sources said that Tagovailoa walked out of practice.
After Monday’s practice ended, Lee said that Galu Tagovailoa called Tua to the sideline in a tone that led Lee to believe it was possibly a family emergency.
During a short first conversation with Hawaii Prep World, Galu Tagovailoa did not mention a family emergency, but when asked about it later Monday night, he said Tua was pulled out quickly at the end of practice due to a family emergency.
“He will be at practice tomorrow,” Galu said.
At about 9 p.m. Monday night, Tua tweeted, “Brothers are forever,” apparently quelling the notion that he would betray the team and leave.
The Crusaders open their season on Saturday at Hilo. They were supposed to start Aug. 6 at Mililani, and actually played one quarter before the game was canceled due to a power outage.