Did This NFL Fan Deserve To Get Death Threats For Sending Out A Tweet Poking Fun At The Death Of An NFL Player’s Brother?
Early last Sunday morning, Tevin Smith, the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith, died after getting into a motorcycle crash. However, Smith was able to pull himself together as best he could and play later that day against the New England Patriots. He played a big role in the Ravens win, too, scoring two touchdowns and torching the Patriots secondary on the team’s winning drive. However, after the game, he still had to deal with his brother’s death—and the completely insensitive tweet sent out by one diehard Patriots fan.
Katie Moody, who lives in Baltimore but cheers for the Pats, sent out the insensitive tweet shortly after Smith and the Ravens won the game. “Hey, Smith,” it read, “how about you call your bro and tell him all about your wi—-ohhh Wait. #TooSoon?”
As you might expect, the tweet didn’t sit well with, well, anyone. Sports bloggers got on Moody’s case almost immediately, retweeting her message and posting it to their blogs. Sports fans sent her responses on Twitter and posted some of her personal information, including her employer’s phone number and her home address, on Twitter. And, even Smith’s teammate Ray Rice decided to send her a tweet to show his disgust. “smh, u are terrible,” he wrote. “I hope you know the word karma.”
If she didn’t know then, she sure does now. The tweets from angry sports fans have continued to pile on. She’s received a number of death threats. And, although she apologized for what she wrote, she had to make her Twitter page private earlier this week to avoid all the hate she was receiving.
We hope that this serves as a lesson for Moody and, more importantly, for all of the other people out there on Twitter. While no one deserves to have their life threatened because of something they tweet, you also need to think—that’s right, think—before you send out tweets. You never know how many people could be affected by a silly joke you crack or an insensitive observation you make. And, even if you’re Joe Schmo from Nowheresville, you never know who’s going to read something that you write. So, keep your insensitive tweets to yourself—unless you want to end up in the same position that Moody was just in.