September 16, 2009
McKelvin feels fans' wrath
By MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It wasn't quite the public wrath lashed out at Scott Norwood after his famous wide right miss at the end of Super Bowl XXV.
But bitter Buffalo Bills fans did go too far Monday night when they spray painted an obscenity on the lawn of kick returner Leodis McKelvin in the town of Hamburg, just outside Buffalo.
It was McKelvin's fumble with about two minutes remaining that led to the New England Patriots' winning score in the Bills heartbreaking 25-24 loss in front of a national TV audience on Monday Night Football.
That score also was spraypainted on the grass by the vandals, who were warned by Bills linebacker Kawika Mitchell to stay away from the players' residences.
"It's not funny," Mitchell said on his twitter account. "We have FAM at our homes to protect. If u show ur face on my prop I'll make sure I do everythin to keep my FAM safe. So dont come around thinkin, oh we'll just leave a message on his lawn or wall b/c Im goin to take it as a threat."
The gutwrenching loss was taken hard by many Bills players, including wideout Terrell Owens, who opted not to speak with reporters afterward. Owens did, however, leave a message for the fans on his twitter account.
"We'll b ready next week! I promise u that!!" Owens tweeted.
The Bills suffered more than heartbreak in the loss. Linebacker Paul Posluszny fractured his forearm and is out indefinitely.