Ryan Mathews has received tweets from people saying they wish him and his mom would get AIDS and die
In three seasons as running back for the San Diego Chargers, Ryan Mathews has not lived up to expectations placed on him. When the Chargers let go of Ladainian Tomlinson, they drafted Mathews with the thought of him picking up where “LDT” left off. Unfortunately for Mathews this had led to heavy criticism from the media and the fans.
Enter the crazy world of Twitter. The social media tool when used right, is one of the best outlets to stay in touch with your friends, fans, celebrities and athletes. Of course like anything, it also has its negatives. And sometimes people are idiots and go over board with their criticisms of players. It’s a shame these people can’t be held more accountable from what they tweet.
Via U-T San Diego:
“I’ve had people say they hope me and my mom get AIDS and die,” Mathews said, offering an example of the multitude of hateful messages he has received via Twitter.
This is the society we have crafted with internet tough guys, but Mathews is hard on himself and acknowledges that he hasn’t lived up to expectations.
“So far, what I’ve done right now, I’ve been just an average back,” Mathews said. “I got a lot of people just frustrated with my performance in the last few years. They expected me to come in and do big things. And I expect myself to.”
Mathews just has to focus on football and let his play do the talking. Hopefully he can put together a full season without getting injured and shut up the internet tough guys.