Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford advised reporters Tuesday that he deleted his social media accounts after receiving loss of life threats and vulgar messages relating to the Nittany Lions’ first lack of the season, to Minnesota this previous Saturday.
“I usually delete it closer to games, but I completely deleted it after the Minnesota game,” Clifford advised reporters. “It’s kind of sad to say, but you know how fans sometimes get … it gets a little crazy. I was kind of, I guess, sick and tired of getting death threats, and some pretty explicit and pretty tough-to-read messages.”
Regardless of having a wonderful season total, Clifford threw three interceptions within the 31-26 loss to Minnesota, which apparently upset some followers who then took to social media to voice their displeasure.
Penn State coach James Franklin mentioned he was concerned within the challenge and was there to present Clifford assist, as he would with any of his gamers in the same state of affairs. After studying concerning the incident, Franklin made feedback in his media availability thanking the loyal and optimistic followers, which was a not-so-subtle dig on the followers voicing unfavorable feedback.
“I don’t know where we are as a society, it’s concerning,” Franklin mentioned. “We’re 9-1, we’re ranked in the top 10, I think. We’ve had a pretty good year based on most people’s standards, and sometimes you go on social media and you wouldn’t feel that way.”
Franklin recalled having loss of life threats centered round former Penn State kicker Sam Ficken and famous that it isn’t simply the Penn State fan base doling out trolling feedback and over-the-line messages.
“You hate to see it, but the sad thing [is] it’s a part of our reality of our society right now,” Franklin mentioned. “You see that in a lot of areas; the last thing I want to do is get into other things besides football right now, but you see a lot of things that are behaviors in our society now that we accept that I don’t know why we’re accepting. You see some things from a violence perspective, you see some things that people in positions how they’re conducting themselves, just a lot of things that we’re accepting in our society that we would never have accepted before.”
Though Clifford deleted his social media accounts, he mentioned he has not let the unfavorable feedback deter him or tarnish his ideas about this season and himself.
“You learn how to deal with certain things and how certain people are just gonna react because, you know, it’s a very passionate game with a lot of passionate people,” Clifford mentioned. “Our followers are undoubtedly one in every of if not probably the most passionate within the nation. I simply attempt to avoid it. I respect all the optimistic folks which can be round, however there’s additionally people who attempt to tear you down.
“It is all the time simply been higher to maintain your head away from that sort of stuff.”