As with most college aged men, I enjoy fantasy sports. There is nothing like getting together with your friends for a live draft and hanging out while trash talking about how your team is going to be the best in the league this season, even though you went 3-8 last season.
However, fantasy sports have potenital for abuse.
Earlier this season, Ray Rice, running back for the Baltimore Ravens, had a less than productive game. He rushed for 36 yards with 13 carries and had to leave the game early due to an injury.
With the access to social media websites like Twitter, fans usually take the time to tweet at their favorite athletes and wish them a quick recovery or offer their condolences.
This was not the case for Rice. Instead of getting good wishes, he received death threats.
Fantasy football players tweeted about how much they hated him, wanted him to die and threatened to kill him themselves just because they lost a game that week due to his lack of production.
As a sports fan, how do you justify saying those things to an athlete?
These guys are doing their job just as you do. If you mess up at work, people do not wish death upon you.
I have been pretty mad at athletes because I lost a few games. Trust me, that line earlier about going 3-8 last season is true for me.
However, I understand that sometimes athletes have bad games.
At the end of the day, you have to remember that fantasy sports are something that you do for fun.
Sure, you might have a lot of money riding on your league, but losing your $100 buy-in does not compare to what these athletes would lose if they sustained a serious injury.
Their job is to play professional sports.
Their livelihood and ability to provide for their family comes down to how they play.
Sports fans know that job security is a very rare asset in the professional leagues.
So, next time your first draft pick does poorly and you lose because of it, give him a break. Enjoy fantasy sports; do not abuse them.
Kaleb Causey is a senior political science and journalism major from Jonesboro. Email comments to ktc...@latech.edu.