Ray Rice was injured on Sunday, but that's nothing compared to the sting he felt from you Negative Nancy fantasy owners who decided to be awful to him on Twitter.
As The Baltimore Sun reports, and fantasy owners no doubt already know, the star Ravens running back left Sunday's win over the Browns in the fourth quarter with what is being called a strained left hip flexor.
The injury came after a rough time on the field that saw Rice rush for all of 36 yards on 13 attempts. In all, it was a painful day for Rice and any fantasy owner who managed to draft him as their running back.
While some of you sensible owners were satisfied to merely cringe at the fantasy output, some of you more vociferous trolls decided to chide him on Twitter.
At least, that's what we assume based on this tweet.
I was a fan of fantasy football until today so many spiteful and hateful words I still love you all God Bless great win today #Ravens— Ray Rice (@RayRice27) September 15, 2013
Rice didn't mention or make a direct reference to any one particular tweet, but we imagine it was the usual trolling that comes from people with far too much time on their hands who take silly things like fantasy football far too seriously.
We would rather forget those and instead highlight a rarity on Twitter: people being kind to one another. Here are a few tweets hoping Rice gets better shortly.
@RayRice27 Ray, to hell w/ fantasy owners. The operable word is fantasy. Your life is real. Live it & get well!— Reggie Thomas (@RegMegT) September 16, 2013
@RayRice27 Come on everyone fantasy football is supposed to be fun!! Give this man a break!! Get well soon!!— mark_rascon (@Mark_Rascon) September 16, 2013
@RayRice27 Unfortunately, Twitter enables the spiteful, hateful and deranged to have a voice. Most of us fantasy footballers not like that.— Aaron Messing (@amess) September 16, 2013
Hopefully, Rice can take a gander at those and pick that head up and give fantasy football another shot.
For the rest of us, try and remember that fantasy football is all just a game, but the players are real people who suffer real injuries.
Imagine having a bad day at work and coming home to a room full of people telling you how you let them down.
Twitter is an amazing tool that gives fans remarkable access to their favorite players. Unfortunately, the boos are more personal and the derision is far more specific.
When it comes down to it, nobody cares about your fantasy football team. The only thing that matters is Rice getting healthy and back to the field.
With that, we have an addendum to a classic saying: If you don't have anything nice to tweet, just forget about it and play some Madden like a normal human being.
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