One of the best things about sports media is when professional athletes take the time to respond to their fans on Twitter. Unfortunately, there are some idiotic fans that take things too far–which is exactly what happened to San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers this week.
Akers recently deleted his Twitter account after receiving a death threat if he happened to miss “one more field goal.” Despite San Francisco looking like one of the hottest teams in football heading into Week 16, 2012 has been a year to forget for Akers as he’s connected on just 25 of 35 field goals–which is rare for a player that has been reliable throughout his entire career like Akers.
People have to realize that no matter how much they may love their favorite teams or players, acts like this are completely uncalled for and they have to realize at the end of the day it’s just a game. The so-called Twitter account that posted the message claims they were hacked, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if this was one of those cases where they’re just afraid to admit their mistake to avoid getting in trouble with the law.
No player should have to play each week with the thought of receiving threats like Akers did and it’s unfortunate to see this happen considering Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets found himself in the same situation earlier in the week after the team’s frustrating loss to the Tennessee Titans.
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