Yes…I admit I was disappointed with the outcome of both NFL Championship games Sunday, I was really hoping for a Harbaugh Bowl instead I get a rematch of Super Bowl XLII in 2008 with the New England Patriots and the New York Giants. No matter how disappointed I was I didn’t take my disappointment or even some level of anger to Twitter to threaten the life of any player.
Unfortunately that’s what happened to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, Kyle Williams. Just to recap, Kyle Williams made two costly mistakes in Sunday’s NFC Championship game again the Giants. The first was when he let the punt bounce off of his knee in the fourth quarter; the second was another fumbled punt in overtime. As you know the 49ers lost, but that’s when the madness started.
Fans took to Twitter to express their rage with Williams by tweeting messages to him saying that they wish he would “burn in hell” and kill himself. According to Mashable, the worst tweet came from user @javpasquel, who posted this on Sunday night: “@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it”.
After the tweet went viral a number of fans replied to Pasquel personally telling him he was out of line. One of Williams’ teammates, Patrick Willis, even responded by telling Williams “@KyleWilliams_10 keep ur head up. U r my brother n teammate N I would put u back there all over again. We all lost this game tonight not u”.
“Everybody played a part in it. You can’t point fingers. That’s the easy thing to do. Anybody can point fingers to the next guy, but it’s a team game,” said offensive tackle Anthony Davis, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Later Monday morning, Pasqual tweeted to Williams trying to apologize by saying that his twitter account had been hacked and the tweet didn’t come from him.
Booooo…is all I have to say about that. You know good and well that you tweeted that mess, your account wasn’t hacked.
I know I wasn’t the only one to see a team they wanted to win lose, but threatening the life of the athlete that made the mistake (ok…made the two mistakes) is taking it too far. Sports is a source of entertainment for many, but threatening to take the life or even following through with the act as a man did in Atlanta after the 49ers/Saints game, is ridiculous.
Politicians have taken away federal aid for various programs, increased taxes, taken away jobs away and I don’t hear about anyone tweeting them to say “burn in hell”.