Washington Redskins wide receiver Joshua Morgan is in a social media quandary after what transpired at the end of his team's game against the St. Louis Rams. Due to his careless mistake in Week 2, Morgan is now receiving unmerited criticism and death threats via popular communication tool Twitter.
With 1:19 left in the fourth quarter, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III found Morgan for a pass near the sideline. Following the catch, Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan, often viewed as one of the dirtiest players in the league, push Morgan in the facemask. In retaliation, Morgan threw the football at Finnegan, resulting in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
This careless mistake and loss of composure proved costly, as this brought the Redskins back to the St. Louis 44-yard line. Kicker Billy Cundiff was brought on to attempt a 62-yard field goal, missed, and the Rams came away with a three point victory. Due to his mistake, Morgan has taken a bunch of heat directed towards himself and his family on Twitter.
"JOSH MORGAN I WILL KILL YOU IN YOUR [Expletive] SLEEP YOU AUTISTIC [bleep]," one Twitter message said. Other messages on Twitter were directed towards his family:
"I hope your mama loses her foot to diabetes and has trouble walking up/down stairs"
"I hope someone throws a football at ur firstborn child"
Thankfully, Morgan doesn't take these threats seriously, perhaps in part due to what former San Francisco 49ers teammate Kyle Williams experienced last season. Following his fumbles in the NFC Championship Game last year against the New York Giants, fans went to Twitter to attack him. Like Morgan, Williams experienced hateful comments that wanted to see the young receiver physically hurt or dead.
"You see it all, you hear it all," Morgan said. "You never let it get to you, especially with me being from D.C. They treated me kind of like they did Kyle Williams last year when dropped a punt against the Giants."
No matter how big of a mistake someone makes during a game, no one deserves death threats like what Morgan and Williams have experienced. As professional athletes in the public eye, coupled with the public's ability to communicate to them through social media, players are placed in a vulnerable situation where they are subject to unreasonable and downright despicable comments. Following unfortunate situations like what took place on Sunday in St. Louis, otherwise civilized people can sometimes become unruly idiots making death threats.
While athletes are subject to criticism due to their decisions on and off the field, death threats over the result of a game, no matter how significant, are simply unwarranted.
Redskins WR Morgan says he received death threats via Twitter, Redskins Confidential, WashingtonExaminer.com
Kyle Williams receiving death threats after NFC Championship, Niner Insider Blog, SF Gate
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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and a Featured Contributor for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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