TV reporter Chris Conte targeted on Twitter after Bears loss

Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) walks off the field after the Bears' 33-28 loss to the Green Bay Packers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Chicago (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh). On the right, Nashville TV reporter Chris Conte.
January 1, 2014 6:22:09 AM PST
On Sunday, it was a tough day to be Chris Conte. Both of them.

Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte was responsible for a play in which the Green Bay Packers' Randall Cobb got by to make the game-winning score at Soldier Field. That led to some not-so-good Twitter posts for Nashville reporter Chris Conte.

"Usually when the Bears don't do well, I get blown up because people think that I'm the other Chris Conte," the TV reporter said.

This time around, the tweets turned ugly.

"I realized pretty quickly that the Bears must have really lost because the messages I was getting were vulgar and vicious and over the top, much more than usual," Conte said. "They started out the usual 'Chris Conte you suck, Chris Conte you should be kicked off the Bears', and then they started going into, 'I will kill your baby.' 'I hope you die of AIDS' 'you should wrap your mouth around a tailpipe until you pass out.'" Conte decided to use his experience to talk to his television viewers about cyber bullying.

"I learned how teenagers and other people out there that are victims of this stuff really how much of a problem and how hurtful it can be," Conte said.

After his story, Chicago Bears fans tried to make things right.

"The messages I've been getting in the last 24 hours on Twitter have been more supportive, apologies from your fans, saying 'We're sorry,'" he said.


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