Cade Foster was benched after missing three field goals for Alabama in the team’s Iron Bowl loss to Auburn, but his night would actually get worse from there.
Foster was inundated with hateful and threatening messages after the loss, in which his replacement allowed a 109-yard return of a missed field goal
In the game, No. 4 Auburn was able to defeated No. 1 Alabama thanks in part to the lackluster play of Cade Foster. The kicker missed on three attempts during the game, prompting Alabama coach Nick Saban to pull him in favor of little-used freshman Adam Griffith.
Griffith was asked to kick a 57-yard field goal with just one second remaining in the game, but missed it wide right and short. The ball sailed to the back of the endzone, where Auburn defensive back Chris Davis corralled the ball and took it back the length of the field.
It made for one of the best endings in college football history, but many bitter Alabama fans have turned their anger toward Cade Foster. His Twitter page has filled up with angry messages from Crimson Tide fans, many of them threatening to kill the senior kicker. Many others suggested that Foster kill himself.
Drink bleach @Foster_43
— Chris Taylor (@_CTaylor8) December 1, 2013
Cade Foster changed his twitter name and picture and header.. This is actually of sad. Poor guy. It’ll pass by. pic.twitter.com/MnxiG3B1En
— Dikembe MuJUMBO (@jmorr17) December 1, 2013
Bleacher Report notes:
“All it takes is a quick Twitter search to reveal homophobic, vile hate speech (which won’t be linked to, since this is a family website), death threats and any number of other disgusting insults being tossed Foster’s way. His Twitter account, which I won’t link to out of respect, has even gone dark, and his top-line name has been changed so it doesn’t show up in the search function.”
In the wake of the death threats and vile messages, many other fans of Cade Foster have spoken up to defend the kicker.
He was also defended by his Alabama teammates.
Y’all better leave dawg Cade alone, out of all these plays that were played y’all should be a damn shame for exposing one person. #cash
— TheRoleModel… (@jonessboyy) December 1, 2013
All of y’all bashing cade foster are sick in the head..you got a problem with him? Come see me he’s my brother and I’ll fight for him anytim
— Kellen Williams (@BigBandz63) December 1, 2013
Love my team!! Salute to AU players Great program but let me say this we win & lose as a team. If u blame this on 1 guy U aren’t a true fan!
— AJ McCarron (@10AJMcCarron) December 1, 2013
Cade Foster is a senior with Alabama, and Saturday was his last Iron Bowl against Auburn.