Jim McElwain: Gator coaches, players and families receiving death threats


Gator Nation has been very vocal in their distaste for they way Florida football has been playing this season. It's easy to find comments on Twitter criticizing the team, and it's escalated even further, with many members of Gator football receiving death threats.

“I think it’s a pretty good lesson for the way things are,” Jim McElwain said. “There’s a lot of hate in this world. A lot of anger, and yet, it’s freedom to show it. The hard part is, obviously, when the threats are against your own players. Death threats to your families. The ill-will that’s brought upon out there.

“It really is a pretty good testament to what’s going on out there nationally. A lot of angry people. In this business, we’re the ones who you take the shots at, and that’s the way it is."

"When it's directed toward your players, when it's directed toward families, wives, that kind of thing, and yet at the same time they know what they singed up for as well," McElwain said. "That's part of the business."

“It’s kind of hard to avoid," linebacker Kylan Johnson said. "It because of all the social media. But you’ve just got to ignore it and just stay positive.”

"We’re playing football," defensive back Chauncey Gardner, Jr. said. “You can say all those things you want about (McElwain’s) family, about this team, we’re playing football, we’re not worried about outsiders because that's not gonna win you ball games.

"It's been like that since the beginning of the season. We're all we've got. What's the point of us paying attention to someone threatening one of our family members? We're not really focused on anything they have to say or what they're opinion is. They gonna talk. That's all they've been doing that's all they'll keep doing."

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