Blake O'Neill, Michigan Punter, Receives Death Threats After Loss to MSUOctober 18, 2015
Michigan punter Blake O'Neill received death threats on Twitter, according to Dan Jenkins of CBS Detroit, after his fumbled long snap in Saturday's matchup against rival Michigan State led to a game-winning touchdown for the Spartans as time expired.
Bleacher Report shared footage of the play:
While Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh noted after the game that O'Neill should have simply fallen on the ball rather than attempt to kick it after he bobbled the snap, his teammates were quick to rally around him.
"(Told him) just keep his head up," Wolverines defensive lineman Willie Henry said, according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press. "I left plays out there myself. I could have done better. We've got to execute better offense, defense and special teams wise."
Said Kenny Allen: "I just told him we're behind him and we're going to look at film and stuff. We support Blake through everything; that's the kind of team we're going to be."
Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett sent an open letter to Michigan fans:
Twitter user @jaaake_f1 said O'Neill should "jump off of a cliff into a pool of spikes and cyanide," per Aaron McMann of MLive.com.
Another fan was among those expressing hatred for O'Neill:
Twitter user @TheEricTaylor1 encouraged O'Neill to go to the equipment room and "start chugging that bleach my friend," per McMann.
Michigan dropped to 5-2 with the loss, which more than likely ended its playoff hopes. While the team could still win the Big Ten title, those odds grew far longer Saturday night since the Wolverines still have to face unbeaten Ohio State and now need the undefeated Spartans to lose down the stretch as well.