An NFL team came under fire over the weekend after it gave an African-American child a lawnmower to help him save for college.
In a video post to Twitter over the weekend, the Carolina Panthers explained that 12-year-old Jaylin Clyburn is spending his summers mowing lawns to save for college.
"We needed his expertise so we brought him to Charlotte," the video says while Clyburn is seen pushing his lawnmore outside the team's footbal stadium.
A team official tells Clyburn that Lowe's has donated a new lawnmower on behalf of the Panthers.
Before the video ends, the 12-year-old is made "an official member" of the team's grounds crew.
Twitter users scolded the team for giving the child a lawnmower instead of a scholarship.
Watch the video and read some of the critical tweets below.
12-year-old Jaylin Clyburn started mowing lawns to save for college this summer. @Lowes and @RiverboatRonHC heard… https://t.co/xdOwfx1rBS— Carolina Panthers (@Carolina Panthers)1567808333.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC You’d think one of these HUGE CORPORATIONS would’ve just given him a college schol… https://t.co/0YZbIwHqOc— Small Screen Girl (@Small Screen Girl)1567953125.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Lol just pay for his college cheap corporations— Zach Mcmahan (@Zach Mcmahan)1567808542.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Instead of really helping this young brother with a scholarship or a bond you do t… https://t.co/mXIM8sja9L— Dr. Black Mommy Activist, Ph.D. (@Dr. Black Mommy Activist, Ph.D.)1567954496.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Imagine having so much yet giving this child so little. How about a scholarship so… https://t.co/V59hCgSVQT— gia jordan (@gia jordan)1567952487.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Corporate propaganda at its finest. Turn a nightmare story about a kid being force… https://t.co/eifS7R38wn— Grand Moff Duke, PhD Esq.🐍🚀 (@Grand Moff Duke, PhD Esq.🐍🚀)1567956071.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Another story of a child doing a parents job. He shouldnt have to worry about payi… https://t.co/5ClbmwqUMX— Leonard ✝🥨🇨🇱 (@Leonard ✝🥨🇨🇱)1567811445.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Bought this kid a mower lol. Pay for his college..... what kind of shit is this?— JOE (@JOE)1567809859.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC America is "supposed" to be the greatest country in the world🤔 Instead of giving t… https://t.co/E8hxZb9WpL— Own Your Masters (@Own Your Masters)1567955055.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC You’re only a billion dollar corporation... I understand why a new lawn mower was… https://t.co/ANUyMjwenP— Sean Carlson (@Sean Carlson)1567957032.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Why not cover the cost for his edication so he doesn’t have to condone to child la… https://t.co/doRrIhKIEm— Wilsar™ 🇸🇱 artist + photographer (@Wilsar™ 🇸🇱 artist + photographer)1567957242.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC this isn’t a feel good story. a) the kid shouldn’t have to pay for college. b) h… https://t.co/tQfhhoc3bh— Jesse Benn (@Jesse Benn)1567955038.0
@Panthers @Lowes @RiverboatRonHC Whiteness is one helluva drug.— Pedro Nicolaci da Costa (@Pedro Nicolaci da Costa)1567958399.0