Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brandon Jacobs gets death threat from fantasy-football 'gangster'

New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs is firing back at what he calls Twitter “cyber gangsters” who threatened his and his family’s life over fantasy football — tweets that are now being examined by the NFL — and also engaged in a profane Twitter exchange with a fantasy football player who was angry Jacobs didn’t play in Monday’s game against the Vikings.

On Tuesday morning, Jacobs posted this on his Twitter account:

The NFL is probing the situation. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello declined to comment.
“Raynor”  later tweeted he was not delivering a legitimate threat, begged for forgiveness and changed his Twitter handle.

A hamstring injury sidelined Jacobs for Monday’s win over the Vikings, but it wasn’t known until the day of the game he wouldn’t be suiting up.

That prompted a Twitter war with someone named Eric White (@_EricWhite), who wrote to him, “next time tell us you’re not playing before I have to set my lineup.” The hashtags “#ilostbecauseofyou,” “#droppingyou” and #p—y” were added.

Jacobs replied: “F**k you and your fantasy team. This is my real life.”

White then responded, “all I was saying was to tell your fantasy owners you’re not playing before Sunday.”

This is not Jacobs’ first reported experience receiving death threats on Twitter. Last August, while a member of the 49ers, Jacobs said, according to CSNbayarea.com: “One person said, ‘I hope you die a horrible death.’ I tweeted him back saying, ‘I’m sure my wife and my kids appreciate that. Have a good day.’ ”

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