Giants RB Brandon Jacobs receives death threat over fantasy football on Twitter
In what amounts to another example of how the intersecting worlds of social media and fantasy football can be a dangerous blend for unhinged nutjobs, New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs allowed a peek at the kind of troubling behavior professional athletes can be subjected from wackos on Twitter.
On Tuesday morning, Jacobs tweeted a screen grab from an individual who more or less made a threat upon his life if he didn’t rush for 50 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Jacobs was declared inactive for the game, the team’s first win of the season, due to an ailing hamstring.
Good job, Internet.
Via Brandon Jacobs’ Twitter account:
Look at what we deal with.. pic.twitter.com/YfP960gShS
— Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboyrb) October 22, 2013
Good grief. Seriously? Giants spokesman reportedly stated that the tweets have been passed along to NFL security. The account where the tweets originated, @DMMeBoo, has been deactivated.
According to a New York Daily News report, before the account was deactivated, the man begged for forgiveness, but not before posting “Brandon Jacobs really subtweeted me like a hoe” to Jacobs posting his frightening diatribe:
“BRO RELAX ITS NEVER THAT SERIOUS…” he wrote. “ITS JUST TWITTER MAN. I TRUELY APOLOGIZE I COULD NEVER ACTUALLY DO THAT. RETWEET THIS PLEASE”
“FORGIVE ME MAN ITS NOT EVEN LIKE THAT… REALLY IM TRYNA BE YOUR FRIEND !!”
After Tweeting that he was planning to change his Twitter handle, and that he didn’t expect Jacobs to read his Tweet, “Raynor” – who described himself on his account as a “Ball State University N—-” – wrote again to Jacobs: “BRUH STOP PLAYING … YOU KNOW THAT AINT SERIOUS AND I APOLOGIZE. PLEASE ACCEPT ?”
“BRANDON.. CAN YOU AT LEAST TALK ABOUT IT TO ME I REALLY DIDNT MEAN IT”
Jacobs has yet to respond. Can’t say that I blame him.
Jacobs isn’t the first NFL player to reach his wit’s end with the vitriolic, hateful and vile insults hurled at him — nor will he be the last — over fantasy football. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice announced on Twitter in September that he is no longer a fan of fantasy football after all the vile comments directed his way. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson echoed Rice’s sentiments when he commented upon how dealing with fantasy football owners can be “a headache.”
Get a grip, people. It’s fantasy freaking football. Granted, Twitter smack talk that rises to this level of seriousness is the exception, not the rule, but it isn’t uncommon at all for players to be on the receiving end of some pretty despicable — and sad — commentary.