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Joshua Morgan Receives Death Threats On Twitter After Penalty
ASHBURN – Joshua Morgan said he received multiple death threats via Twitter after he received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in the Washington Redskins’ loss at St. Louis on Sunday.
Morgan gained seven yards on a reception with 1:27 remaining in the game and took exception to Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who shoved Morgan shortly after he was ruled down.
He stood up and threw the ball at Finnegan, drawing the penalty. It moved the Redskins back from a potential fourth-and-short conversion to fourth-and-16, which led to a missed 62-yard field goal.
“You see it,” Morgan said. “You got no choice but to see it. But you never let it get to you, especially me being from DC.”
Morgan, a receiver in his first year with the Redskins after four in San Francisco, said the threats were similar to those received by Kyle Williams a year ago. Williams fumbled a kickoff return in the fourth quarter and a punt return in overtime of the 49ers’ loss to the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game in January.
A search on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon revealed multiple threats, obscenities and expletives about Morgan after the game.
One, from someone who identified himself as James Isaac Northrup (@FreddeteJr ), wrote, “Josh Morgan I will kill you in your [expletive] sleep you autistic [expletive].” Another, from someone identifying himself as Seth Wiltshire (@KingofWiltshire), wrote, “[Expletive] you Josh Morgan, I’ll [expletive] kill you.”
Another, directed specifically at Morgan, said, “You should be cut. I swear to [God] if I ever see you in [the] DMV I will murder you, you [expletive] [piece] of shit. I will kill you.”
That user, John Ashworth (@John_Aye1), later bragged about the attention he had received, re-tweeting a link with the added comment, “This article was written because of me haha.”
Morgan said he didn’t respond to any of the threats.
“You’re not supposed to respond,” Morgan said. “You’re supposed to respond by your actions, and that’s what I’m gonna do.”
He also didn’t take any of them seriously.
“The only thing I take serious is football and my family,” Morgan said. “Nothing really scares me. I’m from DC.”