Twitter can be a great tool to connect fans and athletes together, but sometimes things go way too far.
Sunday night, the San Francisco 49ers lost in overtime to the New York Giants, 20-17. 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams played a huge role in the 'Niners' loss with his two fumbles on punt returns. His second fumble set the Giants up in field goal range to win the game in overtime.
Understandably, fans were upset with Williams. Why wouldn't they be? In their eyes, he just cost their team a chance to go to the Super Bowl. So, what do fans do? They take to Twitter to express their anger.
When San Francisco fans found out Williams was on Twitter, they did not hesitate to send him death threats. Here are just a couple of examples of tweets sent to the 'Niners' second-year receiver.
@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, your wife, kids and family die, you deserve it - @javpasquel
You Die Yet ? @KyleWilliams_10 - @Bigga_7cs
I hope you get aids and die - @qu3stl0v3
If you died tomorrow, no one would attend your funeral. I hope your parents disown you. - @crotchofgold
There are plenty more, but that's just a preview of the type of behavior that people exhibit. People forget sometimes that this is just a game. Obviously, losing the NFC Championship Game hurts as a fan, but you have to remember your priorities as a human being.
Twitter can be great for players to interact with their fans, but when it happens like this, it's just sad. People have easy access to players, and they don't think twice before hitting "send."
I said it already, but it's worth repeating. It's just a game. There are more important things in life than an NFC Championship Game.