Marquez Valdes-Scantling reveals why he went public with receiving death threats
Marquez Valdes-Scantling had a fumble on Sunday that led to a loss for the Green Bay Packers, leading to some fans sending him death threats. After posting that he was sent death threats on Twitter, Valdes-Scantling revealed why he went public with receiving death threats.
“Obviously, I wasn’t fearful of my life or anything. That’s never the case,” Valdes-Scantling said when asked why he brought up the death threats in a Tweet after he’d received them, via Jason Wilde of the State Journal.
“It was more so the fact that to get people to understand that we’re humans, too. We’re not just some number on a jersey. We’re people first. I wasn’t concerned with my life or fearful in that regard. It was just to show people that you can’t be disgusting to other people around the world.
The Packers and Colts would need overtime to decide the outcome of their game, with Green Bay having the ball to begin overtime. Early in the drive, Aaron Rodgers delivered a slant pass to Valdes-Scantling, who had his sights on advancing the ball down the field.
However, rookie Julian Blackmon would make a spectacular play, knocking the ball free from Valdes-Scantling, allowing DeForest Buckner to recover it. The turnover would lead to a game-winning 39-yard field goal for Indianapolis.
Before fumbling on Sunday, Valdes-Scantling had yet to fumble the ball in his career with the Packers. While the fumble cost Green Bay the game, it’s unfortunate that there are so-called fans that would send death threats to Valdes-Scantling.
People forget that athletes are humans too and their emotions can be affected by what’s going on around them. Even though he didn’t take the threats seriously, Valdes-Scantling wanted to give a glimpse of the unfortunate aspects of being an athlete.