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Yesterday we showed you videos of disgruntled Jets fans burning players' jerseys in protest after a playoff-disqualifying loss to the Titans. We thought they were maybe, just maybe, a little too intense. But they seem calm and reasonable compared to 25-year-old Bravee Grandcu, who repeatedly threatened to kill Mark Sanchez in 140 characters or less.
Using the (now deleted) Twitter handle @BraveGrancu, this overenthusiastic young man--who lost $700 betting against Tennessee--sent tweets to Sanchez such as:
"KILL YO SELF TONIGHT! OR IMMA DO IT FOR YOU WEDNESDAY AT PRACTICE"
"DON'T COME TO PRACTICE WEDNESDAY I PROMISE YOU BULLETS EVERYWHERE"
"TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR KILLER!!"
(That last one included a photo of himself wearing a Jets hat. Shudder.)
The New York Daily News interviewed Grandcu about the tirade, which he claims was just harmless trolling. "I don't own a gun -- I was never going to shoot or kill anyone," he said. "I was just pissed off. I lost $700 on the game. That's real money."
Also, he's confused as to why people are so offended by it: "I don't know why everyone's making such a big deal about the death threats. I guess it's just because he's Mark Sanchez and he's famous." (Yeah, that could be it. Or maybe it's because you picked the worst week possible to "joke" about shooting people?!?)
Another tweeter, Mike Scourby, is far more eloquent:
— Mike Scourby (@brooklynkid1951) December 19, 2012