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David Akers quits Twitter after death threat

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It’s no wonder many players are beginning to think social media simply isn’t worth it.

For 49ers kicker David Akers, a death threat was enough to make him get out of the Twitter game.

According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, Akers has deleted his Twitter account, shortly after retweeting a death threat.

“YOU F—-OT IF YOU MISS ONE MORE FIELD GOAL YOU ABOUT TO GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE ENDED,” the tweet from @RIP_FreeLaddin read.

Since then, the tweeter in question has claimed he was hacked (the Adderall defense of Twitter) and deleted the tweet.

Akers set a record for field goals made last year, but is 25-of-35 this year. The 49ers have brought in kickers for tryouts, but have insisted they’re not looking to make a change now.

And exactly none of that matters, when it comes to players who try to interact with fans, or simply move through life without being threatened.

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33 Responses to “David Akers quits Twitter after death threat”
  1. thebadguyswon says: Dec 20, 2012 12:16 PM

    Twitter is one of mankinds worse inventions. Useless drivel.

  2. yaeyah says: Dec 20, 2012 12:16 PM

    I was actually seeing him retweet all of these awful messages yesterday and couldn’t believe it. I use the thing fairly regularly, but will never understand the reason for all of the abuse of people that you have a choice to completely ignore. Regardless of his play, this is ridiculous.

  3. prince5000 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:18 PM

    ok, who wants to confess? i know you are on here.

  4. smartanis says: Dec 20, 2012 12:20 PM

    Further proof that Twitter needs to start making IP addresses publicly available in threatening Tweet situations. You know, let us see if the person was really “hacked”.

  5. southridge23 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:22 PM

    Ugh, score another point for humanity.

  6. goldrush36 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:23 PM

    Sad there are fans out there THAT serious about a game. Unfortunately social media has made it that much more common for just about every sport.. even golfers have received them. People are stupid

  7. lumjack32 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:29 PM

    If there is one profession that should NOT be on twitter…. it is professional FG kickers. Laces out, Dan.

  8. trollhammer20 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:30 PM

    Let me guess….20 year old unemployed dude who lists his occupation as “MMA Fighter”.

  9. Sometimes Interesting says: Dec 20, 2012 12:30 PM

    Twitter accounts get hacked all the time, but it’s to share diet pill websites or porn. Nobody hacks twitter accounts to Hound athletes.

  10. pickney1 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:34 PM

    If it isn’t bad enough some one would write that tweet, then pressing the send button shows their inability to recognize it’s only a game and their is no excuse for sending a man a death threat over a game.

    This is one of the downfalls of twitter having random people sending death threats and people having to fear their life and of their loved ones over a game

  11. rpiotr01 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:36 PM

    Akers is a nice guy too. I remember when he got run out of Philly on a rail for being distracted during a playoff game while his kid was in the midst of a cancer scare. Geez.

  12. kingmj4891 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:39 PM

    We shame on who ever for being hacked. Your responisble still for your account. Arrest the a-hole and give him a day or two in jail. Just as bad as the guy who threatened SanchezTHese threats are just stupid. Make some examples of these idiots and it will stop.

  13. marvsleezy says: Dec 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    Im no computer whiz, BUT, im positive the police could work with twitter to prove whether or not the account was actually hacked.

    There would be an indicator of how it was hacked and likely an IP address as well.

    If they cant find evidence of a hack, this person needs to be prosecuted.

  14. daysend564 says: Dec 20, 2012 12:41 PM

    Better to vent frustrations over the internet than to go and do it face to face.

  15. gochargersgo says: Dec 20, 2012 12:42 PM

    I really hope law enforcement cracks down on these deadbeats. Make them spend a few weeks in prison. See how tough they are then.

  16. theysone says: Dec 20, 2012 12:45 PM

    The behavior of many 49er fans in recent years has been nothing but atrocious and embarrassing. In the 80s and 90s, I had the perception (perhaps false) that the fanbase was indicative of the team and coaching staff – classy…

    Then again, look at the list or coaches since the last one that I consider classy, Mariucci: Dennis Erickson, Mike Nolan, Mike Singletary, and Jim Harbaugh…not exactly a who’s who of classy coaches.

  17. ninerdynasty says: Dec 20, 2012 12:52 PM

    fans like that are just moron with no life. Football isnt everything..

    On the flip side, it is also ridiculous that a kicker like Akers is making about 90K per kick… If i was making that much per kick i would be practicing 10 hours a day every day to make sure i make those kicks on gameday..

    It takes me a little over a year working 9-10 hours a day 5 days a week to make what he makes on a single kick every sunday. SMH!!!

  18. dallassux says: Dec 20, 2012 12:57 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Dec 20, 2012 12:36 PM
    Akers is a nice guy too. I remember when he got run out of Philly on a rail for being distracted during a playoff game while his kid was in the midst of a cancer scare. Geez.

    ———————————————————————————–

    You are a clueless idiot

  19. FinFan68 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:01 PM

    The Internet is a great invention. Social media isn’t. The anonymity breeds false courage and hatred while potential fame motivates the stupid and the self-absorbed.

  20. xyxyxx says: Dec 20, 2012 1:10 PM

    I find it appalling that anything in between the white lines of any sport would warrant such heinous acts of violence. This coming shortly after Friday’s tragedy, just goes to show you how truly evil people are. Good for Akers for sharing how reprehensible this coward is, and then removing himself from twitter all together.

  21. ironmike778 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:26 PM

    Twitter is the worst form of media ever to come along. I can only hope it falls off a cliff like My Space did.

  22. TheWizard says: Dec 20, 2012 1:52 PM

    I heard Sanchez got a death threat also.

    Lots of losers out there with a tenuous grasp on reality.

  23. timj997 says: Dec 20, 2012 1:57 PM

    “The behavior of many 49er fans in recent years has been nothing but atrocious and embarrassing. In the 80s and 90s, I had the perception (perhaps false) that the fanbase was indicative of the team and coaching staff – classy…”

    ——————————

    Please don’t stereotype fan bases because of a few irrational Twitter users. I fear no fan base would be deemed “classy” if that’s your criteria.

  24. cletusvandam says: Dec 20, 2012 2:25 PM

    So I’m supposed to believe that someone hacked the twitter account of some buffoon with probably 3 followers and just happened to send a death threat to an NFL kicker, then vanished? Ok

  25. schmitty2 says: Dec 20, 2012 3:04 PM

    dallassux says:Dec 20, 2012 12:57 PM

    rpiotr01 says:
    Dec 20, 2012 12:36 PM
    Akers is a nice guy too. I remember when he got run out of Philly on a rail for being distracted during a playoff game while his kid was in the midst of a cancer scare. Geez.

    ———————————————————————————–

    You are a clueless idiot

    Think you need to look in the mirror dude because thats what pretty much happened

  26. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Dec 20, 2012 3:28 PM

    It was a shehawks fan

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:38 PM

    Jail time for these punks.

  28. tfoz5150 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:50 PM

    shmitty:

    I dont know if you follow the Eagles, but ole DA had a tendency of missing some important kicks in crunch time…it wasnt just that one game

  29. schmitty2 says: Dec 20, 2012 6:29 PM

    tfoz5150 says:Dec 20, 2012 4:50 PM

    shmitty:

    I dont know if you follow the Eagles, but ole DA had a tendency of missing some important kicks in crunch time…it wasnt just that one game

    Name 1 kicker who hasn’t missed some important kicks. How many important kicks did Akers make while with the Eagles..quite a few. And he set the single season Fg record last year

  30. sixjak says: Dec 20, 2012 9:28 PM

    daysend564 says:
    Dec 20, 2012 12:41 PM
    Better to vent frustrations over the internet than to go and do it face to face.

    _______________

    Is this a confession?

  31. trippymane says: Dec 21, 2012 12:38 AM

    Wow.not suprised way to many ghetto people in the bay.classless idiots. Not 49ers fans just those in particular. Theres alot

  32. jwjeffrey says: Dec 21, 2012 10:03 PM

    @Trippymane-How do you know it was Ghetto people that left the thread.Most Ghetto people couldn’t afford a computer or internet service.This sounds more like the low class middle age white guy who’s hiding behind a cpmputer and making threads.Low Class like you for instance.

  33. orivar says: Dec 22, 2012 3:43 AM

    But Eagle fans are the worst!!! /sarcasm

    In all seriousness people like that guy need to get a serious beat down. Keyboard warriors who take a game seriously because they can’t play it, not even on the pick up game level.

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