Jeff Pearlman

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On Kyle Williams

Over the past few days Kyle Williams, the 49ers kick returner who had the two key turnovers against the Giants, has been receiving tons and tons and tons of hate.

Hate on the radio.

Hate on TV.

Hate on blogs.

Hate on Twitter.

To these people, the haters, I offer this message of love and peace: Get a friggin’ life.

I mean it—get a life. The 49ers are a football team. They play a game with a ball, and snazzy uniforms, and colorful helmets. Nobody dies, nobody is making political decisions, nobody should be scarred for life. It is just a game, even with all the money and attention. It’s. Just. A. Game. So if you’re one of these people who thinks it’s OK to tell someone he should die, or he should be ashamed, or he should go f%$# himself, well, go f%$# yourself.

Really, go f%$# yourself.

And, along those lines, look yourself in the mirror. Do you never make mistakes on your job? Never, ever? I know … I know—football players make a lot of money and blah, blah, blah. That’s garbage. There is no excuse for this sort of reaction, and it continues to sicken me.

Whew. I feel better.

  • Arnold

    As a 49er fan, I find the hate being spewed at Williams despicable. Sure, Williams did not have his best day, but very few Niners did on Sunday. Alex Smith and the wide receivers were awful, the secondary was horrendous, and the play calling left a lot to be desired. It was a team effort loss. That being said, even if Williams was the sole reason for the loss, that does not justify the hatred. Be happy the Niners finished 14-4 and made it to the NFC Championship game when nobody believed they’d finish with a winning record this year.

  • http://kathleenbotsford.typepad.com Kathleen Botsford

    Every time I think of Kyle my eyes tear up. The Chicago Tribune had great article in which his dad (big wig in the Chicago White Sox office, I think GM) made a bunch of intelligent and insightful comments. My family is huge football fans and I always comiserate with the players at times like this. Your right. Get a friggin life! (to those imbecilic fans). On the other hand, my whole week would be ruined when the Bears lost. That is until I had kids and got a friggin life! And it was also back in our heyday. But I must say….I do get REALLY emotional in ND’s stadium, year after year!

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