San Francisco 49ers’ placekicker David Akers received a death threat via Twitter on Wednesday.
The tweet, from @RIP_FreeLaddin, read, ” YOU F—-OT IF YOU MISS ONE MORE FIELD GOAL YOU ABOUT TO GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE ENDED.”
Akers re-tweeted the threat, then deleted his account, according to Matt Barrows. The veteran is 25/35 on field goals this season, and ranks 30th among NFL kickers percentage-wise.
This comes on the heels of death threats being sent to Jets’ quarterback Mark Sanchez, with one user promising “bullets everywhere” if Sanchez came to practice on Wednesday.
Folks, football – like all sports – is just a game. Sure, you can be a passionate fan and cheer/criticize your team when they deserve it. But it’s just a game that has no effect whatsoever on your life. Whether or not David Akers makes a 34-yard field goal has no implications on you, your job, your family, or whatever is valuable to you in life. You can absolutely be angry and upset that your team lost, but publicly announcing your intentions to kill a player is unfathomable, to say the least.
Even if the threats were just hoaxes and they had no plan to actually go through with it, I can assure you that the NFL takes it very seriously, considering the recent acts of violence in this country.
Let me ask this question: if we can’t even watch a football game without losing our composure and threatening death on another individual, then what has our society come to?
Maybe the Mayans were right. Maybe the end of the world isn’t some galactic implosion, but simply the loss of our most basic humanity.
- Sean Grande, Boston Celtics play-by-play announcer