Last summer Dutch tennis player Robin Haase received numerous death threats on Twitter and other (social) media, such as his personal E-mail and his on website.
An example of one of those tweets directly after he lost a match in an Italian competition:
‘M*****F*****. I’ve lost a lot of money on you because you sold your match. I’ll finish you off.’
It later turned out most of ‘death’ threats such as this tweet were posted by frustrated gamblers.
Robin hoped that the players’ union ATP could do something about this situation, but it seems not much is changed. In an interview he said that the chances of something really happening to him are very small, but you never know. The situation didn’t help him focus on the sport; that’s for sure.
I looked in the comment section of a news post on this matter on nu.nl. The opinions seemed to be very versatile. Some people say he shouldn’t be such a ‘baby’ and he always whines about everything, while others were very compassionate and agreed with him.
So how serious should we take tweets and threats like this. With social media it’s so easy to express your opinion and anger, but would someone actually go as far as killing an athlete because of a lost bet?
Do you know more examples like this for known athletes or celebrities?