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Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:51 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 11:40 am
K. Williams fumbled twice in San Francisco's loss to New York (AP).

By Josh Katzowitz

After a man makes a couple major mistakes in a game that helps cost his team a victory, it’s refreshing to know that that many fans, through the power of Twitter, can lend that man some much-needed support.

Take 49ers receiver Kyle Williams, for example. He muffed a punt and then lost a fumble in overtime that led to the Giants winning the NFC title and advancing to the Super Bowl. His teammates and many of San Francisco’s fans rallied around the crestfallen Williams, sending him messages of encouragement and love.

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Then, you have the people who, according to the San Jose Mercury News, are tweeting death threats and other heartwarming sentiments to Williams. As one apparent fan wrote, “I hope you, youre (sic) wife, kids and family die, you deserve it.” Wrote another: “Jim Harbaugh, please give @KyleWilliams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car.”

So, that’s nice, huh?

But his 49ers teammates were there to defend him.

"We all lost this game," tight end Delanie Walker said, via’s Gregg Doyel. "We play as a team -- it's 45 of us out there. It's not Kyle's fault, so don't go over there and act like it is. Cause it's not."

Safety Donte Whitner told reporters: “Hopefully, he doesn't beat himself up too hard. Hopefully, the media's not on him too tough. Because he's still a young player, and he still has a bright future in the National Football League.

"There's just certain things that you can't do in certain situations. We have to protect the ball at all times. I think he learns that now, and he'll be better."

For his part, Williams spoke to reporters after the game, saying he was simply trying to make a play.

“Everybody in here has covered my back and kind of patted me on the back and said, 'It's not all on your shoulders,'" Williams said.

Unfortunately, some of San Francisco’s fans didn’t get that memo.

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Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:35 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

Well if you are sending death threats to a player because he/she made a mistake that helped lose a game then maybe you made a bad bet.  Take it out on yourself instead of someone else.  You made the bet if that is what it is because I don't see any other reason in the world that you would send a death threat to anyone over a game unless money is involved.  Maybe you shouldn't bet on games anymore and keep your money in your pocket like meCool

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:20 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

The morons who made these claims don't know Kyle Williams personally, they are just uneducated fans who don't have proper perspective.  He is a young athlete who made mistakes during a game.  Nobody feels worse about those mistakes than he does.  Kudos to the fans and teammates who have supported him through this trying time.  Many athletes are confident enough in themselves to deal with this situation and move on with their lives, but what if Kyle Williams is not?

As for the fans making the death wishes, Lloyd has it right.  Those tweets are a prosecutable offense and are a form of cyber bullying.  With many leaders across the nation trying to raise awareness about cyber bullying, don't be surprised if these fools land in jail.  There have been quite a few cases in recent years were adolescents were bullied online and the bullying has led to suicide.  While I doubt Williams would resort to an extreme measure like that, this could be the type of case that could catch the public eye and serve to educate millions.   

Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:57 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

It is a sad state that all profesional sports are in. If your team loses a big game like this idiot fans have to make comments like that. But when you team wins a the championship they have to go out and tear up the city. I remember when my arizona wildcats won the ncaa championship and heard about what happened and i was ashamed for the whole orginization. Remember it is only a game that they play for money and in the immortal words of Tom Sellek in Mr. October movie we are playing a game and it should be fun.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:26 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

Every fanbase always has a few idiots who take the game as a life or death situation for their own pathetic lives. Let's be realistic about it. EVERY team has them. The nuts tweeting death threats probably lost a ton of money betting in Vegas or something.

I do hope the law is able to identify the jerks from their Twitter comments and at least throws a scare into some of these idiots.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 4:03 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

Neuterdame, that's an interesting point about having to put real names/faces on your account. I know that some smaller community newspapers require that for their comments section in online forums. Lucky for me my real name is Fat Hobbit, and while I do like the anonymity a little, it would challenge people to say more intelligent, thought-out things than just punch four letter word diatribes on their keyboards in a passing haze of rage and need for attention.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 3:44 am
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Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:43 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

Good. He should. Thats sports. Get over yourself if u blame fans for acting this way. Sports fans will react this way until the end of time.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:27 am

A long tradition...

I wonder if any of these "fans" are the people who did "security" at the infamous Altamont whow in 1969 or their descendents?  SF has a lot of progressive, intelligent, tolerant people, but they certainly aren't lacking in utter whack jobs, either.  And I thought I used to be "rowdy" when I had plexiglass on my TV so my friends and I could throw beer and soda cans at it.

Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:14 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

ittakes20, theirs a lot of crazy people out there.  so it really shouldnt be a surprise.  i mean sh't look someone got shot at a 49ers/Raiders pre-season game.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:04 am

Kyle Williams gets death wishes, via Twitter

I have come to the conclusion that the complete idiots that post on this site are the same people that posted on the story about the autistic boy who was punched by a bully for no reason in Maryland. The morons applauded the bully and thought he should beat up the kid again. These people either think they are being funny or trying to get a reaction but I choose to think they are just uneducated douches. I also feel the media is to blame because everyone tries to one up the other just like the idiots try to out dumb each other.
The given in sports: the callers on the Jim Rome show make you want to turn the station (I did years ago), guess what he created the mess and now has to live with it, anyone else notice his ratings are dropping. Philly fans, no matter how many good ones there are the bad ones are always going to tarnish you and your cities reputation. Raider Fan - I had season tickets when they were in LA, there were eight of us and we had no problems but we did watch Raider fan only pick on the weak and they never did it alone. It was amazing what bad asses they were when it was five on one. Someone else mentioned that all the idiots would leave if you had to show your real I.D., they probably would but since that won't happen they will continue to act big and tough behind a computer screen. Last thought, in the last few days Ocho Cinco had to bury his dad, Joe Pa died, and the Williams death threat. I could not beleive how low people can sink but of course if any of this happened to their own family it would be insensitive to say what they say. The scums did not surprise me, what surprised me was the decent people who are finally calling the idiots out, keep beating on them they don't have the brain power to keep up.

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