After Twitter threat, Brandon Jacobs says fantasy owners are ‘a huge problem’
On Tuesday, New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs used his Twitter account to highlight a very disturbing message he received from an obviously unhinged fantasy football player that threatened the well being of him and his family that read in part, “If you don’t rush for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns tonight it’s over for you and yo family.”
Jacobs discussed the troubling crossover between increased access to pro athletes through their social media accounts and the manner in which fantasy football owners take the activity far too seriously, as evidenced by the troubling messages he received on Monday.
Jacobs referred to those who post threatening comments on Twitter and other social media platforms, in particular irate and disturbed fantasy football owners who seem unable to differentiate a silly game from the real world, as “a huge problem, no question.”
“Fantasy football is something fans can connect themselves to us as players,” Jacobs said, according to a report in the New York Post. “But some people take it way too serious and way too far.”
Jacobs did not play in Monday night’s win over the Minnesota Vikings due to a hamstring injury, but was at MetLife Stadium for the game, so he did not see the tweet until later.
The man who posted the threatening message on Twitter, Andre Rayner, later expressed regret over the tweets, but that doesn’t mean Jacobs didn’t find fault with the young man’s irresponsible comments.
“It was just a kid being dumb,” Jacobs said. “Later he tweeted he was only joking. But when you say stuff like that and think it’s a joke, it’s a problem.”
Jacobs also said that he and other players don’t owe fantasy football owners anything.
“For the people that understand us and what we go through every day, they know fantasy [football] is fun for them,” he said. “But for those that take it too serious, us as football players don’t owe you all nothing. It’s up to you to manage your team the way you want to manage it. The only owners and general managers I owe anything to is Jerry Reese, the Mara and the Tisch families. Everybody else I don’t concern myself with.”
Jacobs added that he has even been bothered at restaurants by fantasy football owners, who confront him as he tries to enjoy a meal in peace.
“I just think, it has disconnected a lot of [players] from dealing with fans because it’s all people ever talk about,” Jacobs said. “You sit down and eat at a restaurant and people say, ‘Yo, I got you on my fantasy team. You’ve got to do something for me this week,’ while I’m trying to enjoy my dinner. That’s a huge problem, if you ask me as a player, because players don’t want to deal with that. Players don’t want to hear anything about fantasy football because we’re not living fantasy football.”
Unfortunately, many fantasy football owners do live fantasy football — it practically takes over their lives and consumes all their free time — so it’s unlikely to get better anytime soon.
The manner in which fantasy football owners behave reminds me of that classic “Saturday Night Live” sketch when William Shatner, portraying himself, attends a “Star Trek” convention and is left so befuddled about the obsessive behavior of Trekkies that he tells them to “Get a life.”
Get a life, indeed. It’s fantasy football. If a person is taking it so seriously, find another hobby. Like latch-hooking. Or, even better, try never turning on a computer ever again.