Twitter users miss wide with Zane Gonzalez hate
HUNTINGTON — If anyone missed by a wider margin than Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez Sunday, it was Browns fans Monday.
Several of the team’s fans took to Twitter to express their displeasure with Gonzalez, who missed two field goals, one of which could have won the game, and two extra points in a 21-18 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The problem is, many of those Tweets mistakenly were directed at Zane Gonzalez, an assistant baseball coach at the University of Rio Grande in Gallia County, Ohio. The kicker’s Twitter handle is @ZaneG_5. The baseball coach’s handle is @Zane-Gonzo36.
“Guys, I’m just a college baseball coach. Relax,” URG’s Gonzalez tweeted in response to some meanspirited words sent his way.
“How does it feel to be the reason the Browns franchise is still winless,” a Twitter user identified as Gonzalez Trey Hookfin posted about Gonzalez extending the team’s winless streak to 19 games.
“you gotta GO,” posted Hayley Baldzicki in another Tweet.
Once Rio Grande’s Gonzalez pointed out the error, Browns fans began having fun with it.
“Our mistake. You interested in becoming an NFL kicker?,” JamesZ @zbaseball86 tweeted at the coach.
“Can you kick field goals? If so, want a raise?,” Brian Adams @CleOptiRealist tweeted.
“To be fair you didn’t make those kicks today either,” tweeted Giancarlo@slothfacedkilla.
Rio Grande sports information director Randy Payton said his day was busy fielding inquiries from national media interested in the Tweet storm. Payton said he had heard from ESPN, MLB Network, USA Today, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the New York Daily News and Pittsburgh radio station KDKA and Cincinnati radio station WLW, among others.
“Ahh, the power of social media,” Payton said. “Our @Browns kicker/@RioBaseball assistant coach misidentification is spreading fast.”
Several media outlets reported Monday that kicker Gonzalez played Sunday with a groin injury and that the Browns have replaced him with former Miami Dolphins kicker Greg Joseph.