MotoGP riders Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro have both threatened to delete their social medias as the fan abuse on Twitter continues.
Last week, Maverick Vinales was forced to delete his Twitter account after a fake news story prompted mass fan abuse, including death threats, from “fans” online. Unfortunately, this abuse has continued and spread to other riders this week.
Two riders, Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro, have been at the forefront of recent hate directed to riders, with Franco Morbidelli announcing his opinions as well.
Morbidelli took a sympathetic and subdued angle when asked the question in a press conference, saying:
“Yeah, I realized that Maverick got rid of Twitter. I’m sorry about that because it’s a great shame. Some people just want to release hatred and they pick a big guy, a big image like Maverick is, and they just throw at him their frustrations in this case without caring about the way they deliver the message. It was a bad thing to see.”
“I’m sorry about that and sorry that Maverick cut the connection with his fans at least on Twitter, due to some stupid guys, or unpolite guys. I hope that he will stabilize his connection to his fans. I read some comments but I never experienced this kind of cyberbullying.”
Miller, however, didn’t hold back in his scathing review of haters on social media.
“I understand it’s a necessary evil in this world that we live in, but, it’s just bullshit people can be so negative. You are here just trying to do your best.” He said
“At the end of the day, we’re all human, and mistakes happen, things happen. Fuck, it doesn’t mean you have to rip on us. The biggest thing I get angry about is a lot of people wouldn’t say this to my face. If they would, it would be a lot of fun. But at the end of the day, I don’t want to waste my energy and my time looking at this shit. But I understand it’s a necessary evil.”
Espargaro admitted he was thinking of deleting his Twitter, with which he is usually very active on, and communicates daily with his fans.
“I’m very angry with this. Sincerely Maverick has been the first one. But I think Jack was close to doing the same. I’m thinking also of doing the same with my Twitter. Everybody has to relax. If not, the only thing we’ll gain is all the athletes will close their profiles.”
“With this hate that we see on social media the only thing people will gain is the athletes profiles will be in charge by big companies. Will not have any personal ones again, like it is for myself.”
“You shouldn’t have to deal with this. In the end I know how is Maverick. He’s one of the best people I’ve met in my life. He’s a very good kid. On a MotoGP bike, which is his job – he tries to be as fast and do the best possible.”