Kyle Williams Twitter Death Threats Show The Perils For Athletes On Social Media

    January 23, 2012
    Josh Wolford
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San Francisco 49er WR Kyle Williams was on the wrong side of Lady Luck on Sunday when his costly overtime fumble led to the game-winning Field Goal for the NY Giants. Of course, it’s ridiculous to rest an entire game on one play, but it’s natural to assign blame to the last huge error that leads to any loss.

But after what must have been a terrible night, Kyle Williams is seeing the nasty side of social media as some 49er fans have taken to Twitter to send him nasty messages and even some threats of physical violence.

Check out some of the tweets:

@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it 14 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® · powered by @socialditto

@KyleWilliams_10 U fuckin idiot!!!!!!!!!! U may wanna hide for a few months.. 29 minutes ago via Tweetbot for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

@KyleWilliams_10 lol @ how fucking horrible you are 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

@KyleWilliams_10 You fuckin suck!!!!! Two times though? 1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

I still cant believe the #Niners lost last night. I hate you @KyleWilliams_10 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Jim Harbaugh, please give @KyleWilliams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car. 14 hours ago via Echofon · powered by @socialditto

Many of the threats have been deleted – probably a smart idea.

Athletes (and any public figures, really) have to navigate Twitter and other social media carefully – from both sides. We’ve seen plenty of instances of athletes getting in trouble for controversial tweets, but that’s not all they must worry about. Twitter is an open service that allows public access to your account. And people can be vicious, especially when protected by the certain level of anonymity and lack of interaction that Twitter provides.

And of course, sports fans are simply f*cking crazy sometimes.

But if you want to restore your faith in humanity, just a little bit, check out tweet directed @ Kyle Williams in the past hour or so. Once news of the unsavory tweets began to break, users flooded his account with positive messages.

I’m just happy for Billy Cundiff that he’s not on Twitter.

  • Erik

    Look, lay off the guy, he made a mistake…

    The defense did well enough in the secondary (watch out for Goldson!!!) but the pass rush was incredibly lame…the same old bull rush in, when they stunted, they had more success

    The offense couldn’t have passed a bowel movement in the game…what? a few lucky plays? Passing was off.

    Why not run and play action a bit more?

    Crabtree couldn’t catch a cold in the last two games? Why wear the colors? And his route running was anemic (sorry to the anemics out there)

    And Alex was off, but we should have scored at least 35, and to make this a defensive struggle is an insult the the true niner nation (We Score 49, match us, punk!)

    Don’t hate on this very talented young man, we all have bad days…even Julius Ceasar.

    • evan hamey

      amen. people who are threating a guy over a fumble is ridicious. its football. get over it losers.

  • ricardo perez

    Idgf we should of won da game fuck Kyle Williams

    • evan hamey

      stay classy, you moron

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  • jefe

    I agree with every tweet except for the wife/kids death thing. He deserves everything that has come his way. Stupidity needs to hurt, but not cause death. Real fans just want Williams gone, period. Get rid of the guy, let him ride the bench on another team, maybe then he can help the 49ers win, lol.