Shaun Smith, Former NFL Player, Responds to Twitter Criticism with Gun Photo

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2016

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Shaun Smith (90) points to the sky as he runs onto the field for their start of their NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
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Former NFL defensive end Shaun Smith posted a threatening message along with a picture of a gun Tuesday while engaged in an argument with Twitter followers.

The tweet, which has now since been deleted, was captured by user Fake Luke:    

Smith has also made his previously verified account private. (Twitter unverifies accounts when they become nonpublic.)

The argument began after Smith expressed his opinion that the Kansas City Chiefs, one of his former teams, would defeat the Houston Texans in their matchup on Saturday for Wild Card Weekend. As angry tweets from fans came pouring in, Smith's messages grew increasingly defensive until he tweeted and then deleted the gun picture.       

The South Carolina product spent nine seasons in the NFL, playing for five franchises. He last played for the Chiefs in 2012 before going unsigned the following season. Overall, he recorded 164 tackles and four sacks in his career.


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