BATON ROUGE, La. — Sports, particularly college football, can make the most rational people behave in irrational and even inappropriate ways. And then there’s going so far off the deep end that there’s simply no excuse for your behavior.
At least a few LSU fans went that direction in the wake of LSU’s loss to Wisconsin, which was sealed on a Brandon Harris interception in the final minute. As revealed by former LSU quarterback Jamie Howard on ESPN 104.5 Baton Rouge’s Culotta & The Prince Morning Show, Harris was shaken by “death threats” made to him on social media after the game.
LSU coach Les Miles, who received threats of his own after the Wisconsin game, addressed the issue Wednesday evening.
“I can only pray that it’s a person who doesn’t know what he’s saying and did it in a mundane and insincere way,” Miles said. “Football games are important to coaches, players and everyone who attends the game.
“If weekly death threats are a thing you’re into, you’re making the wrong decisions.”
If you’re wondering how a death threat can be seen as mundane and insincere, Miles explained after the presser. He has received comments such as “That was a terrible game, I hope you die” that don’t make actual specific threats on one’s life. As-of-yet undeleted tweets to Harris — (WARNING: link to Tweet contains offensive language) one telling him to drink bleach, another telling him to die — seem to fit that characterization.
However, Miles also recounted a legitimately creepy incident when someone texted him a threat using a program that made it appear that the text was coming from his own phone number.
Miles said that Harris has not spoken to him directly about feeling threatened, but did say fans need to think twice about what they say to his players.
“Hopefully something like that will never happen,” Miles said. “But in the same vein, whatever information that you have, whatever that social media address is, let’s give it to somebody legally and we will pursue it. It’s unconscionable that someone would (do that.)”