By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Quarterback Brandon Harris received death threats via social media in the immediate aftermath of LSU’s season-opening 16-14 loss to Wisconsin, Les Miles confirmed at his post-practice presser Wednesday.
“It’s unconscionable that someone would do that,” the coach said.
Miles said Harris received at least two threatening tweets after throwing an interception late in the game at Lambeau Field on Sept. 3.
A twitter search of Harris’ mentions around the time confirm as much. One tweet told the junior quarterback to kill himself. Another threatened to have him murdered. We’ve chosen not to publish the tweets.
“I only pray that it’s a person that doesn’t know what he’s saying quite and is meaning it in a pretty mundane and insincere way,” Miles said. “Certainly, I think football games are awfully important to football coaches and players and fans that go to the game. But I think if a good ol’ weekly death threat is something that you’re into, then I think maybe you’re making the wrong decisions.”
Miles later said of Harris: “I think he’s concerned. It becomes emergent with the time he spends on the next game. It appears to be an immature expression. It was not ‘I want you to know I’m looking for you.’ It was I’ll kill you if you do that again.’”
Harris has since been replaced as LSU’s starting quarterback by Danny Etling, who came off the bench against Jacksonville State two weeks ago and led the Tigers past Mississippi State on Saturday. Etling will start again Saturday on the road against Auburn.