David Akers quits Twitter after death threat

AP

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.

33 responses to “David Akers quits Twitter after death threat

  1. 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.

  2. 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”.

  3. 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

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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!!!

  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.

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    You are a clueless idiot

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. “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…”

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    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.

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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    You are a clueless idiot

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

  17. 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

  18. 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

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

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    Is this a confession?

  20. @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.

  21. 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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