New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs has reported a death threat he received on Twitter. As the New York Daily News reports on October 22, Jacobs received the threat from someone named “Andre Raynor” who threatened the running back’s life if he didn’t rush for 50 yards in Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings.
The tweets have been forwarded to NFL security but not before Jacob’s shared the tweets on his own account writing “Look at what we deal with…”
The initial tweets read:
“ON LIFE BRANDON IF YOU DON’T RUSH FOR 50 YARDS AND 2 TOUCHDOWNS TONIGHT ITS OVER FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY N----.”
The tweet that followed read:
“FULFIL MY ORDERS STATED IN THE PREVIOUS TWEET OR THAT’S YO LIFE BRUH AND I’M NOT PLAYING.”
Obviously this sort of threat has to be taken serious and it is also an example of fans going to far and what athletes do have to deal with off the field as Jacobs pointed out in his response. “Andre Raynor” is what Jacobs has referred to as “little cyber-gangsters”, people who talk tough to athletes online and act strong behind a keyboard.
The same tweeter did back off his initial threats and tried to apologize to Jacobs saying that he was not serious and was just trying to be a friend. But athletes do have to take these kinds of threats serious, especially since a fan showed up at the house of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub a few weeks back.
Brandon Jacobs was inactive for Monday night’s game as the New York Giants recorded their first victory of the season.