Penn State quarterback shuts down Instagram account after receiving death threats following loss

Written by on November 26, 2019

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford shut down his Instagram account after receiving death threats following his team’s loss to Minnesota on Nov. 9.

Clifford made the revelation to reporters Tuesday during media availability.

“I usually delete closer to games, but I completely deleted it after the Minnesota game,” Clifford said. “It’s kind of sad to say but you know how fans sometimes get. … It gets a little crazy. I was kind of, I guess, sick and tired of getting death threats, and some pretty explicit and pretty tough-to-read messages.

“But you know, you learn how to deal with certain things and, and how certain people are just gonna react because, you know, it’s a very passionate game with a lot of passionate people. You know, our fans are definitely one of, if not, the most passionate in the country. I just try to stay away from it. I appreciate all of the positive people that are around, but there’s also people that try to tear you down. It’s always just been better to keep your head away from that kind of stuff.”

Clifford’s had a strong season with 22 touchdown passes to just six interceptions, though three of the picks came in the loss to the Gophers.

Penn State (8-1) plays a perfect 10-0 Ohio State team Saturday for the Big 10 title.

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