There are two situations in which it’s acceptable to send death threats to a college football player: 1) After he has actually killed somebody; 2) there is no second option. Well, fine–yes, we see you down in Alabama, and fine, the Iron Bowl merits it every now and then. But only if the dogs don’t send a good enough message.
(With Florida’s defensive line, it’s not so much a threat, moreso a promise.)
Sending them to someone on “your” own team, however, is baffling. Sure, players suck every now and then, but even booing them is inappropriate as long as they’re trying hard. Nonetheless, according to the KNOXVILLE NEWS-SENTINEL, quarterback Jonathan Crompton received a series of harrassments, including multiple death threats over email during Tennessee’s miserable 5-7 campaign in 2008, mostly from Vols fans:
Crompton said he received “a couple” of the [death] threats, all via e-mail, as the Vols were struggling last fall.
For the most part, Crompton carried the weight of such extreme criticism alone. He chose not to go to his parents for fear they would worry.
Crompton’s parents became aware of the severity of the situation when a package they had ordered had slanderous messages about their son written on the shipping box.
Hey, a Tennessee story with bad news that isn’t about Lane Kiffin! This must be a relief, Rocky Top!
Considering the amount of effort it takes to put together an email and hit send, we doubt the emails were particularly, oh, legible or coherent. In fact, probably something like this:
To: Jonathan Crompton
Subject: Your stupid!!!!!
Sent: Sun, Oct 12 2008, 1:53 AM
HEY JONATHON. YOU BETTER PLAY BETERR NEXT WEEK CAUSE VOLS HATEQUITTERS!!!!!!IF YOU WANT TO PLAY LIKE A TRASH TEHN GO BACK TOO MAMA’S HOUSE THOIS IS THE BIG TIME! IF I EVER SEE U ON CAMPAS I WLIL PUNCH YOU SO HARD YUR HEAD FLIES OFF INTO THE SUN!!!!11 GO VOLS WOOOOOO SHUT THE F UP!!!!!!!!!!
Or maybe the spelling was worse.