Browns cornerback Eric Wright struggled through a tough 2010 season, and he frequently heard boos at Cleveland Browns Stadium. But he heard a lot worse than booing away from the field.
Wright told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that as his on-field performance deteriorated, he heard from Browns fans threatening his life.
“I went from people expecting me to be a top cornerback in the league to receiving death threats,” Wright said. “It was a lot to deal with.”
Wright never reported the death threats because he said he thought they just came from Browns fans who let their passion get the better of them, not from people who actually planned to kill him.
“I wasn’t fearing for my life,” he said. “As serious as a death threat may be, I wasn’t going to let a few bad apples ruin the whole tree.”
Wright is a restricted free agent, but he said the Browns told him they want him back and that he wants to be back — even if he hasn’t always received the warmest welcome in Cleveland.