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Former NFL player replies to fan criticism with photo of gun

Maybe a safety lock needs to be installed on Shaun Smith's Twitter app.


Josh Katzowitz


Published Jan 6, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 9:53 am CDT

Shaun Smith had a nine-year career in the NFL as a defensive tackle for the Saints, Bengals, Chiefs, and Titans—which makes him qualified to analyze the football games he watches on TV. But not everybody who reads Smith on Twitter is going to agree with him, particularly if he’s critical of a specific person’s favorite team.

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While musing on the reasons why Kansas City, where Smith finished his career, would beat Houston in the wild card round of the playoffs, apparent Texans fans didn’t appreciate his analysis and began sending him mean replies.

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Which led to this …

Though Smith deleted that tweet, it wasn’t too terrible, right? Smith has a point. He didn’t ask anybody for THEIR opinions and if those on Twitter don’t like HIS opinion, they don’t have to follow him.

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But then, things got a little out of hand.

Wait, what?

Smith later told somebody on Twitter that he had a license to carry the firearm, but he quickly took his account private. Smith later told TMZ that he was on his way to a gun range when the Twitter fight got more heated, and that’s why he tweeted the photo of the menacing-looking weapon.

“I didn’t threaten anybody. I’m not going out there to shoot anybody,” Smith told the website. “People think I’m out here trying to kill, but I have a wife and 3 daughters. I’m trying to feed hungry kids [through my foundation.]”

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Fair enough, but with all the bad news that has emanated from the NFL regarding players’ guns and domestic violence, perhaps a former player tweeting a photo of his Glock isn’t the most constructive move when it comes to a simple Twitter fight.

H/T Deadspin | Photo via Keith Allison/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: Jan 6, 2016, 7:59 pm CST