San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid says he’s received death threats since threatening to sit out the entire season if his team doesn’t sign him a long-term contract. The NFLPA is currently investigating and reviewing those claims.
49ers Star Says He’s Received Death Threats as He Awaits New Deal.
He says he has received death threats from fans and people that don’t want him to get a new deal because of his outspokenness. Read more in detail here: niner noise.
One would think that receiver Samuel Deebo’s pursuit of a new deal would excite San Francisco 49ers fans. The 2021 first-team All-Pro pick is in the penultimate year of his four-year rookie deal and seems to want to stay with the Red and Gold as long as possible.
This should delight 49ers supporters, who will be cheering for Samuel to cash in if it means staying with the team. Right?
Unfortunately for Samuel, things haven’t been going so well lately.
Samuel Deebo, a member of the San Francisco 49ers, has received death threats in recent weeks.
Samuel was signed to a regular four-year deal by the 49ers after he was picked in 2019. According to NFL regulations, he is entitled to sign a new contract this offseason before possibly an unrestricted free agent next year, and the South Carolina product wants to take advantage of the opportunity now.
With 1,770 total yards from scrimmage (1,405 receiving and 365 running) and 14 total touchdowns last season, it’s hard to blame Samuel for wanting to “secure the bag” before it’s too late. One injury is all it takes to put his future earnings in jeopardy.
Despite the 49ers’ public statements that they wish to extend Samuel’s contract, there have been no credible indications of movement from either side. The rising fourth-year receiver has also said that he has no intention of skipping offseason training.
That hasn’t prevented 49ers supporters from going on the offense, according to Samuel. The 26-year-old addressed the social media users who have given him hateful remarks in recent weeks in a recent Instagram video.
“Hey, death threats and racist things in the DMs for all y’all fans.” That doesn’t concern me in the least, dude. It does not. You’re the same people that were simply hoorahing and saying, “Go Deebo,” and now you want to send death threats and all these racist slurs. It doesn’t worry me in the least, dude. I’m ok. I’m unwinding. “I’m content.”
To begin with, anybody who makes a threat or sends a racially tinged message in writing is a fool. It wouldn’t take much effort for Samuel to hunt down any of those individuals and denounce them to the police if he actually wanted to — and this is particularly true for those who use their real name as their social media handle.
Furthermore, there is no need for 49ers supporters to be angry with Samuel. The wide receiver is allegedly seeking a new contract for $25 million per year, and he’s performed well enough in his first three seasons to merit a significant extension. The question of whether the 49ers should pay him $25 million a year is a different one, but for fans like you and me, a lot of it boils down to semantics.
The two most significant aspects of this situation are that Samuel is worthy of a new contract and that he has not openly threatened to strike. It’s OK if he avoids offseason exercises. If he does not report to training camp on schedule in July, the issues will begin.
San Francisco 49ers star Samuel Deebo said he’s received death threats as he awaits a new contract offer | Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images
But why are supporters coming for Samuel in this situation? To be clear, we are not encouraging anybody to send racially offensive texts or make death threats to anyone. What we’re wondering is why the player is taking the brunt of the anger when he wants to re-sign with the 49ers.
Although Samuel claims to be “cool,” the haters must take a step back. For all we know, a constant barrage of gruesome messages may persuade the South Carolina product to reconsider his decision to remain in San Francisco.
What are the takeaways? Sending anything dumb is not a good idea. Be courteous to others. And, if you’re genuinely frustrated with the lack of progress on the contract front, reserve some of your rage for the organization — and we recommend utilizing it effectively, like grumbling at the bar.
But no more death threats or hateful remarks, please. Especially if your legal name is also your social media handle.
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