The very nature of a commentators job is to share their views, no matter what the public opinion might be. Former New Zealand cricketer-turned-commentator Simon Doull has received a death threat for his apparent criticism of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for their far from impressive performance this season. The RCB fan sent Doull a death threat via his Twitter DM.
Doull posted and then later deleted the tweet with a screenshot of threat:
“***** think about what are speaking next man. RCB is not a team who will accept there defeat dude so **** yoself [sic] man. Don ever comment about RCB. If you do that you will be killed for sure mate.”
Here’s what the Kiwi commentator had to say about it:
“Clearly Dharmish is not happy with me @cricbuzz. Not sure what I said but a death threat, really? It’s only a game of cricket mate. Chill out..”
Doull recently laughed it off in an interview with Mumbai Mirror: “Someone is being silly. I have not taken a serious note of it. I am laughing it off. Yes, it’s part of the job. Some people like you and some don’t like you. When you have an opinion, not everybody is going to be happy with your opinion. So, you have to have a very thick skin in this job.”
He also felt that the Twitter user may have been under the influence of alcohol as he wasn’t even covering the RCB match. The 49-year-old hasn’t filed a report after the threat. “I don’t think any of these people would say these things to your face. It is what we call keyboard warrior. Though Twitter, Facebook, Instagram people can get hold of anybody or send anybody a message. I think they hide behind their words. That’s probably a little bit of problem sportsmen and women all around the world,” he added.