Jabar Gaffney tells fan to kill himself during Twitter spat after Washington Redskins lose to Dallas Cowboys in OT
Meanwhile, DeAngelo Hall was arguing that he should be cut after the loss
After their loss to the Dallas Cowboys in overtime on Sunday, the Washington Redskins appeared to be falling apart at the seams - in a very public fashion.
Washington Redskins receiver Jabar Gaffney told a Cowboys fan to kill himself during a Twitter exchange that turned nasty on Sunday night.
It began when a Virginia-based football fan identified as Blake McIntyre tweeted "@JabarGaffney lmao 3-9," after the 'Skins lost to the Cowboys.
Gaffney, apparently not one to ignore random Tweets, tweeted "#we 3-7 u dumb f---."
After a few more back and forth tweets, Gaffney finally tweeted "3-7 ain't a record to be proud of I'm just proud I ain't you get a life or kill urself."
He then retweeted another user's equally offensive shot.
"lol #HTTR "@DGREENHULK: @JabarGaffney I do want that Man to kill himself..one less cowboys fan....#10 you played your (a--) off today.
The Twitter exchange immediately caught the attention of fans and reporters across the country - leaving a beleaguered Redskins coach Mike Shanahan having to address it on Monday.
Washington Post reporter Rick Maese reported that Shanahan sidestepped the question, "Shanahan says he doesn't know what was said and doesn't even know how to get on Twitter," Maese tweeted.
On Monday, Gaffney didn't apologize for the exchange - instead pointing out he was entitled to his constitutional rights.
"They say I can't tell people to kill themselves didn't know freedom of speech had limitations so I'll just say #uknowwhattodo #HTTR better?" he said.
He deleted some of the offending tweets, and shrugged off the incident to the Washington Times.
"Cowboys fans, that's how they are," Gaffney said. "I was just telling the dude: 'Y'all won. All right, leave me alone. Don't talk to me.' That's all it was."
McIntyre didn't seem any more apologetic either.
"I love the NFL, I'm a fan. I talk smack. I think everyone who's a fan has done the same," he tweeted. "And I didn't fire him up to get him in trouble I could care less what he says."
According to the Post, Gaffney joined Twitter a week ago - at the urging of his teammates.
As Gaffney was sending encouragement to users to commit suicide, his teammate DeAngelo Hall told reporters that the team should cut him.
"I can't point a finger at anybody but myself," he said, USA Today reported. "The way I'm playing right now, they need to go cut me, because I'm definitely not worth what I'm getting. You can't slip. I'm the reason we lost the game. Second time in a row against Dallas. I'm definitely a little P.O.'d at myself."