I’m just as passionate about my team as anyone could be. If my team loses, I’m pretty much a zombie for the next 24 hours. The NFL on Sundays during the season makes or breaks my day. I don’t even fully recover from a loss until Wednesday. I have no problem telling people what I think of the game, or that my week has been downgraded by a loss. After this past weekend, I have probably been just as hard on Josh Morgan as anyone else. But when I read that he had received death threats on his twitter account, I think the line had been crossed. When I read people are threatening his family, it made me think, “Have people just gone plain crazy?”
Football is a game. It’s an emotionally filled game. Any former player will tell you just how emotional the game is, and if you don’t play with it, you have lost that edge you need to be an elite player. Josh Morgan lost his cool, and let his emotions get the best of him on that fateful play. He realizes the mistake he made was his, and just how big of a mistake it was. Sure, send him complaints, “hate mail”, etc. But death threats? Isn’t that just completely hypocritical? The people that sent those tweets got a little too emotional, and lost their cool. However, what these people put on Morgan’s twitter account is a lot more serious than what Josh did. Like jail time serious if prosecutors really wanted to push this. Those people literally are making the same mistake Morgan did, but taking it to the next level of stupidity.
Actually what Josh Morgan did was a lot more acceptable. He didn’t threaten anyone’s life, and it was a split second loss of self control. Based on his immediate reaction, he knew immediately that he shouldn’t have thrown the ball at Finnegan. On the other hand, these tweeters, had the time and forethought to get their phone, find out Josh Morgan’s tweeter account, figure out how to cram a death threat into 160 characters and send. That wasn’t a reaction, but a thought out action. No excuse.
Now Josh is blowing off the tweets as nothing too serious, and he’s probably right. Most cyber bullies are too scared to really do anything in person, which is why they rely on cyber bullying. But that doesn’t excuse anyone for threatening Josh Morgan or his family when all he really did, was toss a leather ball at a fully protected player of a game school kids play everyday. For the record, Josh has done everything right since the incident, taking full credit for his actions, and vowing it won’t happen again.
What do you think? Some feel he should be able to take the heat for the play he made. Comment below.