"Fantasy football" is anything but a fantasy in the US, where fans bet large sums of money on the performance of NFL players.
In fantasy football leagues, gamblers get points for individual performances of players they “drafted," as if they were actual team owners.
However, it's gotten so intense that some people who gamble in fantasy football leagues are threatening NFL players on social media web sites such as Twitter.
According to CBS Detroit, one fantasy footballer threatened the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford on Twitter:
I lost my fantasy playoff game by four damn points. That's four bullets for each of you b------
In October, the New York Giants' Brandon Jacobs contacted NFL security after receiving these nasty messages on Twitter:
ON LIFE BRANDON IF YOU DON’T RUSH FOR 50 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS TONIGHT ITS OVER FOR YOU AND YO FAMILY N—–---.
FULFILL MY ORDERS STATED IN THE PREVIOUS TWEET OR THATS YO LIFE BRUH AND IM NOT PLAYING.
“When you say stuff like that and think it’s a joke, it’s a problem,” Jacobs told the New York Daily News.
“That’s all people ever talk about,” added Jacobs. “You sit down to eat at a restaurant and people say, ‘Hey you, I got you on my fantasy team, you gotta do something for me.’ Come on, I’m trying to enjoy my dinner."
“Players don’t want to hear anything about fantasy football,” stated Jacobs. “We’re not living fantasy football. As far as anything else, we don’t owe anybody.”
However, it doubtful fantasy football is going away any time soon.
On Dec. 17, Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker got these mean tweets:
@jtuck9 KILL YOURSELF
@jtuck9 You f—— peice of s—, do you enjoy making people miserable, I hope you lose your leg in a car accident, nobody likes you
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith recently hit back at the fantasy football obsession on Twitter:
As I always say I dislike fantasy football because it takes away the real value of the game… it’s great for the fans to interact and be their own “GM” but people take it way to serious.
“It is ridiculous,” Detroit Lions Jeremy Ross told the New York Daily News. “I didn’t ask you to put 800 bucks into a fantasy league. That’s all your fault. That’s your fault. I’m playing football. That’s your fault that you’re betting on me. I mean I appreciate it that you believe in me, so to speak, but there’s nothing I can do about that."
Sources: CBS Detroit, New York Daily News, NFL.com