Ease up on Kyle Williams

There is a HUGE difference between what happens in sports and what happens in real life.

Unfortunately for some idiotic fans out there, they can’t seem to tell the difference.

After costing the San Francisco 49ers the NFC championship with 2 costly fumbles that led to 2 New York Giant scores this past Sunday, punter Kyle Williams started receiving death threats and hate messages from a handful of football fans on Twitter.


@KyleWilliams_10. I hope you, youre wife, kids and family die, you deserve it

Jim Harbaugh, please give @KyleWilliams_10 the game ball. And make sure it explodes when he gets in his car.


Kyle Williams cost his team the game. If not for those 2 key errors in judgement, the 49ers would probably be playing for the Super Bowl . I respect his teammates coming forward and saying that the loss was a team effort and it should not all be pinned on Kyle, but frankly a good portion of the blame should be. The only way either team was going to emerge victorious was through a special-teams mishap or a turnover. The defense was outplaying the offense on both sides of the field. The first team to screw up royally was going to lose this game.

Kyle Williams was the one who screwed up (twice), so the loss should be on him.

But to receive death threats over fumbling a football during a big game is absurd.

I find it amazing to see how tough people think they are when tweeting on a cellphone or typing on their computers.

Do you think any of those people would have made those comments directly to Williams face?

Kyle Williams is a human being. Humans tend to screw up once in a while.

Should he have made a better effort to avoid the football on that punt return? Of course he should have. When that ball hits the ground, you have to treat it like it’s going to explode. You need to avoid the ball at all costs. Kyle failed to do that and the Giants gained possession.

Kyle made a mistake.

Should he have done a better job holding on to the football during the overtime punt return? He obviously should have, but he also shouldn’t have been returning punts in the first place. Kyle Williams is a backup punt returner who had only returned 2 balls during the regular season. Ted Ginn Jr. is the actual starting returner, but missed the game due to injury (an injury he may have been able to play with).

All Kyle was trying to do was make a play for his team. The 49ers offense had become stagnant and ineffective at the time, so all Williams wanted to do was get some yardage and put his team in a position to win the football game.

I realize he screwed up and cost the 49ers a chance to win the big one in Indianapolis in 2 weeks, but did it really warrant threats on his life? Whoever sent those tweets to Williams Twitter account should be ashamed of themselves.

Football is a sport and a form of entertainment that sometimes we as fans take for granted. We can sometimes get overly emotional when it comes to the games, plays and players we admire. Watching Kyle fumble the ball away must have made a lot of fans quite angry, but it’s nothing that they wouldn’t have gotten over in due time. The tweets may have come from a dark place full of anger and sheer stupidity, but that doesn’t make it right by any means.

Kyle Williams didn’t deserve that.

No one would deserve that.

Grow up.

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1 Response to Ease up on Kyle Williams

  1. Sinan says:

    I read a story about how some Saints fan took offense to a few guys celebrating the Niners victory the weekend before and went out and shot them. For shame.

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