A New York Giants football fan threatened to shoot a “white boy” in Massachusetts town, all because last year’s Super Bowl winners signed a top receiver.
Tobias Gray, 44, is a resident of East Providence, Rhode Island, and a Giants football fan. The New England Patriots, who won the Super Bowl last season, signed wide receiver Antonio Brown on Saturday, a day after being released from the Oakland Raiders. The home ground for the Patriots is Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
Gray was apparently not happy with the deal, so he took to Facebook to express his frustration and made a threat in the process.
“I’m going to shoot a white boys’ school in Foxboro, you might as well give them the ring right now if I ever get my hands on a gun that I don’t have yet but I watch I’m going to shoot people random in Foxboro, âGray wrote, according to WBZ, the CBS affiliate in Boston.
Police arrested Gray at his home on Sunday and he appeared in court – on unrelated charges – wearing a Giants jersey. He was charged with common and domestic assault, and in addition, he was charged with threatening police officers during his arrest.
The Facebook post has since been removed, but not before WSZ took a screenshot of the threat.
Gray’s attorney Stefanie DiMaio Larivee told reporters in court on Monday that “many fans” of the NFL teams were not happy that the Patriots signed Brown, but could not explain his client’s actions. .
“He really didn’t understand why, he is apparently a Giants fan,” she said. “He was not happy because I can see a lot, a lot of fans from many other football teams online who were not happy.”
Gray is said to have an extensive record with the law and he allegedly posed with guns in social media photos.
Lucy Camara is a neighbor of Gray and says she often hears Gray arguing loudly with his girlfriend.
âAlways fight here, always go crazy,â Camara said. “But I never thought he would do that.”
Foxboro Police released a statement before Gray appeared in court on Monday.
“Chief [William] Baker said Foxborough Police are refraining from commenting at this time on any specific action our agency may have taken, or may take in the future, in response to the continuing challenge of malicious or criminal social media posts, ” The statement read. “In general, Chief Baker said the department will respond vigorously and closely with our local, state and federal partners to take appropriate action in accordance with the law. “
The report did not say whether or not Gray had access to NFL scores on Sunday opening weekend. His Giants suffered a 35-17 loss in Dallas, and the Patriots strangled the Pittsburgh Steelers, 33-3, on Sunday night.
Brown has been one of the NFL’s top wide receivers in recent years as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s been selected to seven Pro Bowls in the past eight seasons, and he’s been named All-Pro for four consecutive years.
After last season, the Steelers traded Brown to the Oakland Raiders for a pair of draft picks. During the offseason, Brown suffered frostbite under both feet from cryotherapy, had an issue with the league’s new helmet policy, had an argument with the Raiders general manager, and threatened to kill him. assault while calling him a “cracker”.
After Brown was fined for an unexcused absence from training and an even higher fine for conduct detrimental to his team, he asked for a release from his $ 30 million contract. He was released by the Raiders on Friday and signed with the Patriots on Saturday.
Brown was not cleared for the team’s season opener, but is expected to appear in this week’s New England game against the Miami Dolphins.