Christian Pulisic received death threats over social media video

The USMNT player’s father said that his son has received multiple death threats over a social media video involving a goliath grouper fish.

Christian Pulisic received death threats over social media video

Christian Pulisic returned to training with Chelsea on Monday for the start of the pre-season at Cobham. The Blues's manager, Thomas Tuchel, had 28 players involved in the first day of practice as they prepare for the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season that is set to start on 13 August.

Death threats against Pulisic

Last week, Christian Pulisic published a video on his social media of him juggling the ball while sitting down on the edge of a boat over a goliath grouper fish in Florida during his holidays. This is a giant saltwater fish most commonly found in waters off the eastern coast of the United States.

The Chelsea and USMNT playmaker lost control of the ball and fell on top of the fish and he struggled to get back into the boat. The video went viral and a self-funded group called the Blue Planet Society re-posted the video with a caption that read: “Abusing a threatened goliath grouper for a social media video is a new low.”

"Animal abuse to attract attention on social media videos appears to be on the increase. We believe strongly that people should be called out for it. Especially when they are as influential as Mr. Pulisic."

Mark Pulisic, father of the Chelsea player, came out to defend his son and during an interview with Alex Goldber’s YouTube channel The Byline; he condemned the death threats his son has been receiving on social media. “He is off Twitter during the season, but he knows what’s going on and the harshness of it after having a bad game. He doesn’t look at it a lot.

"What hurts him more is the cancel culture. If he wants to post something on the internet, idiots are hiding behind computers. People are just waiting to hate because of their jealousy. That bothers him a lot more.

"Whether it is regarding guns or regarding going fishing and having a hook in a fish's mouth. He didn’t even realize it but he is just trying to have a good time. It’s the most ridiculous thing. Christian is such an animal lover. He has horses, he doesn’t want to see animals hurt. Unfortunately, he has got death threats regarding it and it's got to the point where people are saying they want him in jail.

"People need to not wait for someone with notoriety to do something wrong. It is pretty idiotic. If you want to say he has had a shitty game, then go for it. But if you don’t know Christian as a person and what happened on the boat? Then shut your mouth.”