The father of New York Giants quarterback Geno Smith III, Geno Jr., revealed that prior to the game against the Oakland Raiders he received a death threat.
Smith’s father got a call on his cellphone and was told he would be killed if his son took the field as the Giants starting quarterback against the Raiders last Sunday, via NJ.com’s Dan Duggan.
Smith’s father apparently wasn’t shaken by the incident. However, the young quarterback was rightfully disappointed that the incident happened.
“I think my dad handled it well,” Smith III said, via Duggan. “He kind of just hung up the phone. It’s just kind of shameful that would be happening because of someone doing their job. When he told me that, I was like, ‘What?’ But you kind of get a sense of comfortability from him.
“He was like, ‘Man, it’s nothing, don’t worry about it. Just do your thing, play your game.’ So that was why I was able to be easy with it.”
Sports fandom is obviously irrational sometimes but when it gets to death threats, which unfortunately happens too often, that’s way too far.