In the latest example of social media gone wrong, Alabama kicker Cade Foster faced death threats and insults in the wake of the Iron Bowl loss.
Foster was targeted by angry fans for missing two field goals and having one blocked Saturday against Auburn that was part of a 34-28 loss.
The defeat gave the Crimson Tide its first loss of the season and knocked the team out of SEC and national title contention for the moment.
Fans suggested on his Twitter page he drink bleach and not come back to school. An extreme one threatened to kill him and his family.
Foster removed his name, picture and comments from his Twitter page while the hysteria calms down.
He was one of the most consistent kickers in the nation until the Iron Bowl. Foster connected on 11 of 12 with a long of 53 before his off night.
Many teammates defended him on Twitter. Running back Altee Tenpenny is an example. ”Everybody needa get off Cade case!” he wrote. “My dude still the best! As a team we lost we all played a part in this game! Not one person.”
And from cornerback John Fulton: “But to you fake fans that are threatenin my teammate know the squad ride and die together and yall don’t want 105 problems.”
Quarterback AJ McCarron Tweeted: “we win & lose as a team. If u blame this on 1 guy U aren’t a true fan!”
Linebacker C.J. Mosley wrote “fake” and “spoiled” fans to “stop sending threats to my teammates.”
The reaction from players Saturday moments after the stunning defeat when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal by Adam Griffith in the final second of the game was similar.
“We lost as a team,” receiver Kevin Norwood said. “We didn’t go out and do our best. We have to move on. Life goes on.”
Alabama can look back at the poor blocking at times that didn’t allow the offense to perform better and a dropped pass by Amari Cooper in the end zone.
There was blown coverage by Cyrus Jones to allow Auburn’s final offensive touchdown that tied the game, Brian Vogler missed a tackle on Davis on the final play and Griffith missed the kick that was returned.
“I felt we lost as a team,” defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan said. “I wish we would have done better.”
Many fans, however, were supportive of Foster, and even started up a Facebook page to voice their understanding. There were more than 40,000 in support Sunday night.