Bills Fan Commits Suicide At Tailgate, Internet Responds With Juvenile Snark
Commenter snark can be a glorious thing -- it helped put sites like Deadspin and The Big Lead on the map, and sometimes the humor there exceeds that in the posts themselves. And Twitter, well, Twitter humor can create memes, heal wounds and move mountains. But there is a time and a place for everything, and with the good comes the bad.
A Bills fan apparently committed suicide on Saturday night during a pre-game tailgate at an RV parking lot across the street from Ralph Wilson Stadium, a fact most didn't know until today. The Buffalo News:
One woman saw the man collapse, but thought he had just fallen down.
“I heard a ‘pop’ and looked down,” said Steve Trow of Ohio. He then saw a man on the ground and people trying to revive him.
When police arrived, they told everyone to go back into their campers, said Perry Carter of Angola, who saw a handgun next to the victim.
Tragic, but that didn't stop Deadspin commenters from ladling on a extra helping of snark:
Joey TallywackerTom Ley
Well, I’m glad I didn’t take that guy in my survival pool this week.
This is going to be devastating news for his family when they sober up in 3 days.
He was a Bills fan, so this is really the best thing for him, honestly.
Hit Bull Win SteakTom Ley
Kyle Orton’s barber?
Not all Deadspin commenters were being jerks:
Seriously, Deadspin, before all the snark pours in, for stories like this you should be noting the suicide prevention hotline number and other relevant resources.
This is the number here: 1 (800) 273-8255.
It should be an editorial requirement for all stories of this type that this information gets posted.
And of course Twitter was no better.
Not surprisingly, the man had been 0-4 in previous suicide attempts. https://t.co/E5ZJfqGYmt
— EddieMSparkles (@EddieMSparkles) September 14, 2015
— B. Finch, Esq (@Buttockus) September 13, 2015
The Bills had a fan commit suicide while pre-gaming. I guess the Browns game wasn't that bad....
— Handle Barz (@JoeVid55) September 14, 2015
There's enough hilarious stuff going on in the world of sports (look at our previous post about a drunken Bills fan running into a bus) to last a lifetime: so why do we need forced jokes about the end of someone's life? Whether suicide of homicide or just an accident, it was a tragedy, and there's far too much of that in the world. Why would you want to laugh with the Grim Reaper rather than at him?
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