San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers has been receiving death threats on Twitter this week.
The NFL player eventually suspended his account to free himself of all the hateful messages.
According to Fox News, one user wrote: “YOU F—-OT IF YOU MISS ONE MORE FIELD GOAL YOU ABOUT TO GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE ENDED.”
Yahoo Sports reports that Akers set an NFL record last year by hitting 44 field goals. This year, however, he’s missed 10 of his 35 attempts.
Surprisingly, Akers isn’t the only professional player to receive death threats this year for a poor performance. Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets has had an embarrassing year this year and fans have let him know on Twitter. A few fans went as far as to issue death threats.
One fan wrote: DON’T COME TO PRACTICE WEDNESDAY I PROMISE YOU BULLETS EVERYWHERE .. @mark_sanchez
Sadly, the 49ers have also dealt with this situation in the past. SF 49ers receiver Kyle Williams received death threats after the NFC championship game last year because he fumbled two punt returns.
It’s unclear if any legal action will come from the death threats but police are starting to take death threats via Twitter more seriously. After the Sandy Hook School Shooting last week, police arrested several people across the United States for writing threatening messages on Twitter.
Are you surprised that the 49ers kicker is receiving death threats? Should legal action be taken against people who write hateful and threatening messages on social media sites?