The Danger of Sports Culture
Everyone take a long, hard, and serious look at the messages San Francisco 49ers receiver Kyle Williams received after he fumbled a punt return in overtime, ultimately leading to a loss in the NFC Championship game to the New York Giants:
@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it
@KyleWilliams_10 you should jump off the golden gate bridge for that one
@KyleWilliams_10 HOPE U RUN n2 A BULLET DA WAY U RAN INTO DAT BALL…
Jim Harbaugh, please give @KyleWilliams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car.
This type of behavior makes me sick to my stomach. I mean what the hell is wrong with people these days? I am the most die-hard fan you will ever meet. I love the Steelers. I’d skip class, work, church, and my wedding if the Steelers were in the AFC Championship. The playoff loss to the Broncos was heart-breaking, but never once did I let anything close to this nonsense even come into my train of thought. At what point do fans take things too seriously? There’s a fine line between being a die-hard fan upset at a loss and being a classless asshole. The low-life “fans” who sent these messages to Williams clearly fall into the latter. If you’re a true fan of a team and its players, you’d show support and encouragement because everybody has a tough game in their career. The NFL can do without these people, that’s for sure.
The worst part it the lack of humanity. Kyle Williams is a human being who screwed up in a football game. I think resentment of this nature should be spent on murderers, thieves, drug-dealers, molesters….you get the point. There are starving children, people jobless and homeless, and overseas warfare. Football is pretty important to me, no lie. But there’s bigger issues and much worse things going on than Williams having a rough game. Prioritize, you jackasses! Jesus, help us. Wow.
How about Steve Bartman? You know, the Cubs fan who accidentally interfered with a foul ball and, for all intents and purposes, robbed the Cubs of a trip to the World Series. He needed security and police surveillance for several months after the game because of the threats he was receiving. Buffalo Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin had the final score burned into his front lawn after he fumbled away a sure win against the New England Patriots a couple years ago. And how can we forget the San Francisco Giants fan severely beaten by LA Dodger fans after a game? Luckily they caught that scumbag. Are you kidding me people?
Incidents like these beg the question: as much as we love sports, can the culture become too dangerous in extreme situations? I think the answer is quite clear, and that answer is a resounding yes. If there are fanatics who will threaten players online and burn front lawns with impunity, who’s going to stop them from going to the ultimate extreme of actually attempting to inflict harm upon an athlete for a mistake on the field of play? It’s a terrifying thought.
You can’t tell me if the messages directed towards Williams were directed towards the President that no action would be taken. Where’s the criminal investigation? I say these hoodlums be tracked down and prosecuted for such behavior. It disheartens me to know that the world we live in becomes increasingly more pathetic every single day, and these messages to Kyle Williams show without a doubt how cruel people can be.
I hope people learn from this. At the end of the day, it’s just a game. The players work their asses off and play for us. There is no room for fans who aren’t really fans. To all the true fans out there who stand by their teams and players in victory and defeat, through great times and tough ones, I commend you. For the rest of you: GET A LIFE!
Senior Writer: Jim Racalto
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