For many sports fans, social media has become an outlet to share excitement, news, joy and, of course, their frustrations with their favorite teams. While most fans merely discuss their disappointment at a loss that should have been a win, a hurt player or blown call, some have taken their frustrations to a new and possibly dangerous level.
Beyond stating their frustration, some fans are tweeting at players, threatening bodily harm or in some extreme cases, even death to them and their families. What did these players do to deserve this type of threat? They dropped the ball. They hurt someone’s fantasy team. They beat a fan’s favorite team.
One of the more recent and memorable cases of this type of tweet affected New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs. A frustrated Jacobs tweeted an apparent death threat from a disgruntled fan.