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Penn State's Sean Clifford reveals he deleted social media over death threats following the loss of Minnesota



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Penn State's Sean Clifford briefly deleted his social media on Tuesday after a reaction they received from fans after their recent loss to Minnesota.

Clifford told reporters he deleted his accounts from social media after receiving death threats and other gruesome messages, after the team closed on Nov. 9 for the then undefeated Golden Gofer's losses.

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"I usually delete it closer to the games, but I completely erased it after the Minnesota game," he said, ESPN reports. "It's kind of sad to say, but you know how fans sometimes get … it gets a little crazy. I guess I was kind of, sick and tired of death threats and some pretty explicit and pretty hard to read messages."

Clifford has since reactivated his Twitter and Instagram accounts and was active Tuesday on the platforms.

Minnesota defenseman Esezi Otomewo (9) catches Penn State Quback Sean Clifford (14) during an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 31-26. (AP Photo / Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota defenseman Esezi Otomewo (9) catches Penn State Quback Sean Clifford (14) during an NCAA football game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019 in Minneapolis. Minnesota won 31-26. (AP Photo / Stacy Bengs)

Penn State coach James Franklin said he is involved in the problem Clifford has and that he supports his striker like any other member of his team.

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"I don't know where we are as a society, it concerns," Franklin said. "We got 9-1, I think we were ranked in the top 10. We had a pretty good year that was based on most people's standards, and sometimes you go on social media and you wouldn't feel that way. "

Clifford said he would not let the negativity deter him from giving his best this season.

"You learn how to deal with certain things and how some people will just react because, you know, it's a very passionate game with a lot of passionate people," he said. "Our fans are definitely one of, if not the most passionate in the state. I'm just trying to stay away from that. I appreciate all the positive people who are around, but there are also people who are trying to destroy you.

"It's always better to keep your head off things like that."

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Even with the loss to Minnesota, Penn State is still ranked ahead of them in the most recent Top 25 club playoffs, the Nittany Lions are still on the hunt for the Big Ten title game Saturday against Ohio State in Columbus.

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