San Francisco 49ers kicker and 15-year veteran David Akers has quit popular social media site Twitter after a fan threatened his life.
According to The Sacramento Bee, a disgruntled fan apparently sent the 38-year-old kicker a message via Twitter, which Akers then retweeted:
“@RIP_FreeLaddin YOU F----OT IF YOU MISS ONE MORE FIELD GOAL YOU ABOUT TO GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE ENDED.”
Akers has struggled this season, going 25-for-35 on his field goal attempts. Last season he led the NFL in field goal attempts, 52, and set a new single-season record with 44 makes.
The Bee also points out, Akers is the third 49er to recently have an incident on Twitter. Reserve running back Brandon Jacobs had an unpleasant exchange with fans, which led to his current three-game suspension.
Returner Kyle Williams also received death threats after muffing a kick in San Francisco’s loss to the New York Giants in last season’s NFC Championship game.