December 21, 2012
Niners kicker David Akers receives Twitter death threatSix-time pro bowler exits Twitter ahead of massive Week 16 clash
By QMI Agency
San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers was automatic last season, breaking the NFL record for field goals made (44) and helping the Niners reach the 2011-12 NFC championship game after a long drought – something at least one Red and Gold fan was quick to forget.
The six-time pro-bowl kicker has removed himself from Twitter after reportedly being issued a death threat earlier this week, one that arrived days ahead of a huge Week 16 tilt against the Seattle Seahawks for top spot in the NFC West.
“YOU F------,” the tweet from @RIP_FreeLaddin started, “IF YOU MISS ONE MORE FIELD GOAL YOU ABOUT TO GET YOUR ENTIRE LIFE ENDED.”
Akers, whose Twitter handle used to be @DavidAkers2, retweeted the threatening post before deleting his account entirely. As for @RIP_FreeLaddin, the account no longer exists even after the owner reportedly claimed they’d been hacked.
In an otherwise unforeseeable season, Akers has converted just 71.4% of his field goal attempts, the worst in the NFL. Despite having a consistently steady foot throughout his 14-year career, Akers is just 7-for-15 beyond 40 yards in what’s been a season to forget.
Niners’ head coach Jim Harbaugh has threatened a switch by bringing in former NFLers Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff on trial. But the NFL’s top bench boss in 2011 has said he isn’t poised to make a switch.
The threat against Akers is yet another incident involving athletes and Twitter this year. Both Greg Zaun and Evander Kane came under fire earlier this week for unflattering Twitter posts and countless icons throughout the sporting world suffered similar scrutiny during 2012.