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Green Bay Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling committed a key fumble in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts, which brought about the worst of social media.
According to reports, among the vitriol directed at Valdes-Scantling were a few death threats and other calls for violence.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers discussed the matter on The Jim Rome Show.
“I would say that’s extremely unnecessary,” Rodgers said of the death threats. “I understand the rooting interests in the game and how important it is to so many people. It’s really important to us, too. But I think that’s very unnecessary.”
The Packers are 7-3 and still in first place in the NFC North. In fact, they still lead the Chicago Bears by two games.
But that’s not enough for some fans. Some fans demand that their team win every game. Never forget, the word “fan” is short for “fanatic.” Perspective and reason are sometimes lost in sports-rooting madness, and death threats are illegal.
“I’m sorry he had to go through that,” Rodgers said. “I’m sure if I was checking social media, I’m sure there would be plenty of games where that happened to me.”