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Danny Green missed a game winning shot in Game 5 of the NBA Finals Friday and now insists he’s receiving death threats. Literally every athlete that wets the bed on a national level gets the same treatment. Social media is a platform for fans to blow off steam and this moment shouldn’t be used for sympathy.
Danny Green said that has spoken to his fiancée about the death threats she has received on social media directed at her and him since Game 5. … And I feel kind of silly sharing this news on a social media platform. Get a grip, people.— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) October 11, 2020
The point of going public with “Death threats” is to put negative energy against the failing athlete in perspective. Tweets are predictably sent out like the one above and making it out like Danny Green’s fiancée fears for her life. Of course they don’t. Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier while death threats rained in at record numbers and Danny Green thinks he’s in danger because a couple Joes tweeted? Fans are nothing more than upset Green couldn’t do the job he’s paid to do. If you manage to disappoint millions of fans simultaneously over social media, it’s highly likely a death threat is on the way.
Danny Green’s answer to the threats was at least recognizing the fans were just emotional.
“People are emotional. Fans are emotional. I hope people don”t take it that seriously,” Green said.
Danny Green says he hasn’t been paying much attention to social media, but his fiancee let him know that they’re both getting death threats. He says he’s not the type to worry about that. “People are emotional. Fans are emotional. I hope people don’t take it that seriously.”— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) October 11, 2020
How to handle this issue
The bottom line is that if you directly effect the negative outcome of a game, you shouldn’t be surveilling the internet. Twitter was literally designed to bridge the gap between fans (fanatics) and the product (Danny Green). Twitter celebrates winners like they’re the next coming of Jesus and pulls losers down like a Jenga tower. Danny Green and his Fiancée are best off ignoring the negativity and focusing on game 6 tonight.
LeBron James and the Lakers winning the franchise’s 17th NBA title will wash away all the negativity from last week. Using the tweets of a few dozen fans to put fans in a bad light is a clown show. Like Green said before, fans are emotional that he stunk and let’s keep it moving.