Former BYU star quarterback Max Hall was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of cocaine possession and shoplifting in Gilbert, Arizona.
The news of the arrest stunned many BYU fans and even trended on Twitter worldwide after breaking out on Tuesday. Hall, who led the Cougars to 32 wins and threw for 11,365 yard and 94 touchdowns from 2007 until 2009, was not only one of the better quarterbacks in BYU history, but a fan favorite too. Many of those fans jumped to Twitter to react:
Praying for Max Hall and his family. One of my all-time favorite #BYU QBs. So many great game moments.— Crystal Critchfield (@Crystal_Critch) September 2, 2014
Really sad about Max Hall. I hope he's able to get things turned around.— Caroline (@Caro4111) September 2, 2014
Hall's reign at BYU didn't come without controversy either. The quarterback alienated Utah fans further by claiming he hated almost everything about the university in 2009, after leading the Cougars to a victory in the rivalry between the two schools.
"I think the whole university, their fans and their organization is classless," Hall said after leading BYU to a victory over the Utes in that game. However, many of Utah's fans took the high road Tuesday as they rushed to Twitter after the story broke:
Regardless of what Max Hall has called me in the past, hope he and his family recover from this, it's a terrible thing to happen to anyone.— Utah Pig Bus (@UtahPigBus) September 2, 2014
This Max Hall thing... just a bad situation. Feel for his wife and kids. Hope he gets help. Really don't want to say any more about it.— Neil Rasmuson (@BucUte) September 2, 2014
Ute coworker on Max Hall: "Keep your head up."— Keith Harten (@keithharten) September 2, 2014
I did not particularly like Max Hall when he was a Cougar. But I take no joy in his downfall. It's sad.— Dan Sorensen (@DSorensen) September 2, 2014
I haven't seen anything but sympathy and well wishes to Max Hall from Utah fans. That's true class. #Utes— TJW (@TJW_3) September 2, 2014
Some of Hall's former coaches have weighed in as well:
"He who is without sin....let him be the first to cast a stone" our prayers are with the Hall family.— Paul Tidwell (@CoachPTidwell) September 2, 2014
However, outspoken former BYU and NFL linebacker Derik Stevenson has provided possibly the best insight to life from a former football player and the struggles that come after football:
I don't know Max Hall at all. But I know Max Hall intimately. I wish I could find him and grab him and talk to him. #BandOfBrothers— Derik Stevenson (@derikstevenson) September 2, 2014
Addiction is no joke. Y'all be careful.— Derik Stevenson (@derikstevenson) September 2, 2014