Kyle Williams Gets Twitter Death Threats

Big game miscues lead to angry online backlash
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2012 2:12 PM CST
Kyle Williams lays on the ground after losing a fumble during overtime of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the New York Giants Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – San Francisco fans weren't happy with Kyle Williams last night—and they let him hear it online. After Williams fumbled two punts to essentially cost the 49ers the NFC Championship game, fans lit into him on Twitter, telling him to kill himself and/or "burn in hell," Mashable reports. Perhaps the most ridiculous came from @javpasquel, who tweeted, "@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, youre(sic) wife, kids and family die, you deserve it."

Of course, Twitter controversies being what they are, @javpasquel himself soon found himself on the receiving end of much ire, with dozens of fans retweeting his post along with incredulous comments. One user even found what looked like his personal email account, and broadcast it to other fans. Today, @javpasquel said that his "account got hacked" and that he "would never say or think anything like that." (Read more Twitter stories.)

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