The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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December 5, 2007

WVU kicker McAfee receiving death threats

The father of star WVU place kicker Pat McAfee says his son is getting death threats and has had his house and car vandalized.

The usually reliable McAfee missed two short field goals in WVU’s monumental upset loss to Pitt Saturday night in Morgantown.

Tim McAfee told the Daily Mail today that someone posted on his son’s Facebook profile that “McAfee must die.”

McAfee, who lives in Plum, Pa., near Pittsburgh, said his son didn’t want to call attention to the vandalism or threats.

“Pat wanted to just let it go and forget about it,” McAfee said. “But when Pat told me about those threats I couldn’t let it go.”

“I said, ‘You know what, this is ridiculous. It’s got to stop somewhere.”

McAfee first went public about the harassment of his son in an e-mail to the MetroNews Sportsline talk show. The e-mail was discussed at length by callers and hosts Greg Hunter and Travis Jones Tuesday night.

“This is the type of behavior you would see from rabid soccer fans in Europe,” McAfee wrote.

The loss to Pitt erased WVU’s chances at playing in the BCS National Championship in New Orleans next month. The Mountaineers will instead challenge the fourth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz., Jan. 2.

“The McAfee family has received support from the TRUE Mountaineer fan,” McAfee said in his e-mail. “We have received countless phone calls and e-mails expressing support for Pat at this tough time.

“Pat has not. He has received actual death threats and people telling him they wished he was dead. E-mails, text messages and other ridiculous behavior. His house and car have been vandalized. Groups of ‘fans’ have stood outside his house chanting negative things. Things have been said to his girlfriend. I am asking that this be stopped.”

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