Former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill claims he received death threats for his comments about QB Patrick Mahomes.
Hill, now a member of the Miami Dolphins, opened up about his departure from the Kansas City Chiefs on his new podcast. While some Kansas City football fans didn’t take kindly to Hill’s comments, most of the response was simple arguments, if not disagreements. It was civil.
But, in terms of Hill comparing Mahomes to current Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa, some football fans took matters too far.
“On every social media account I own, I got death threats on,” Hill said, per ESPN. “I just feel like a lot of people overreacted for no reason. They really didn’t see what I said. A lot of people are just acting off emotion.”
Chiefs: Tyreek Hill angered some fans with Patrick Mahomes comments
Obviously, there is no place in modern fandom for death threats. Football players are people, too, and should be treated as such. Hill receiving threats on his life crosses a line that we must maintain and defend at all cost.
The comments Hill is referring to are likely when he compared Mahomes to Tua, suggesting that Tagovailoa had greater accuracy. Those comments were taken out of context, he claims, and he once again defended his former QB.
“We all know Patrick Mahomes is great. We know that,” Hill said. “But, right now, I’m going into a new season with a new quarterback who’s trying to head in the same direction as Patrick and do great things and lead this team to a Super Bowl championship — who is also great, in my opinion. He just doesn’t have the accolades — of yet. I believe in him.”
Hill was merely trying to hype up Tagovailoa, and matters got out of hand thanks to one short soundbite. It’s important to keep that in perspective, rather than go off the rails.