Reimer's wife talks death threats from cyberbullies
Michelle Ruby, Postmedia Network
First posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016 05:08 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016 05:40 PM EST
BRANTFORD - Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer knows all too well how nasty fans can be when the team is going badly.
But Reimer himself doesn’t have a Twitter account, while his wife, April Reimer, does. She told high school students in Brantford Thursday just how awful that experience can be.
After the Leafs’ collapse in Game 7 of the first round of the 2013 playoffs, some fans got April’s cellphone number and made frightening phone calls and sent disturbing texts. She said police were easily able to track the senders.
“I had 300 death threats in one night because James lost a game,” Reimer told the gym full of senior students at St. John’s College.
“It’s OK for people to have an opinion about a professional athlete. They can say he’s a bad goalie. But when it gets hurtful, hateful or harmful, that’s not acceptable.”
In a demonstration of the anonymity of cyberbullying, Reimer sat behind a screen and had three students read aloud one of the actual tweets she received in 2013. The most offensive suggested she should stab her husband in the heart while he slept.
Others called James Reimer garbage and suggested he get psychiatric help.
“When you say stuff online, you’re talking to a screen,” said Reimer. “People forget there’s a human being on the other side.
“What was I doing wrong? All I did was have an account.”
Reimer told the students about ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling playing hardball with trolls who sent violent, sexual responses directed at his daughter after he posted a proud dad tweet congratulating her on her acceptance to college.
After Schilling took action, many of the trolls lost their jobs or got kicked off teams.
“You have a voice and a choice,” she said to students. “You can build people up or tear them down.”
April Reimer, wife of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, speaks about cyberbullying to high school students at St. John's College on Thursday February 25, 2016 in Brantford. (Brian Thompson/Postmedia Network)
James Reimer's wife talks death threats from cyberbullies | Toronto Maple Leafs
Well put, talloola. Though I would imagine there is at least a fair share of girls/women taking part in some of this. From what I see on the news and the internet, girls/women can be just as nasty, brain-dead and cruel as their male counterparts.
Former Leafs farm team player, girlfriend charged in alleged rape of Utah womanQuote has been trimmed, See full post:
By Brad Hunter, 24 Hours
First posted: Monday, September 26, 2016 04:07 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 05:03 PM EDT
A former Toronto Maple Leafs farm team player has been arrested with his girlfriend in an alleged rape at the Sundance Film Festival.
Michael Taylor, 46, who played for the St. John’s Maple Leafs and is now a financier, and his wild child gal pal, 27-year-old Anne Hardcastle are accused of raping and sodomizing a young woman at the famed festival.
Cops say the two plied a 23-year-old woman with booze and ecstasy at a Park City, Utah, bar and encouraged her to participate in a threesome.
Then she “blacked out” before waking up...