Fans Lash Out At 49ers Star Deebo Samuel For Blatantly Ignoring Young Fan’s Request To Sign His Football

Published 07/17/2022, 10:35 AM EDT

Fans were unhappy with a recent video showing Deebo Samuel ignoring a young fan for an autograph. The WR did not respond to the fan’s request for him to sign his football. Even though Deebo looked at him, he did not act on the child’s request. Consequently, the young fan expressed sadness and disappointment about not getting his favourite player’s signature.

This caused a social media backlash. In addition, the 49ers WR issued a clarification amidst the Twitter backlash to explain the situation. Samuel wants to get traded even after attending the 49ers’ mandatory minicamp. Earlier, John Lynch stated that the 49ers won’t trade the WR. However, he has something else in mind.

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Responding to the backlash, Deebo mentions that he only followed camp rules. He also apologised to the young fan and told him that he couldn’t sign the football. Although the child was heartbroken, the 49ers WR did what the camp instructed him to do regarding dealing with the kids at the camp.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 21: Deebo Samuel #19 and Head Coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers on the field before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on November 21, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. The 49ers defeated the Jaguars 30-10. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

This is what Deebo Samuel had to say, “Wasn’t gone approach the situation with not signing the kid’s football. There was 3-500 kids out there that I was paying attention to. Clearly hear in my voice I said I cannot sign. He recorded the video after forcing his kid to do it for the 5th time. I was told to sign pictures.”

Fan reactions to the news surrounding Deebo Samuel ignoring the young fan

Multiple fans poured in their positive and negative thoughts on the WR ignoring the kid. One fan tweeted, “Imma have to defend Deboo here. Why do people think “famous” people (athletes, artists, actors etc) owe them anything? Would it be nice? Yes. But Deboo is in no way required to do anything.”

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Ayush Jha

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Ayush Jha is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He is a current graduate of the University of Delhi and has worked on publishing academic research in the past. Ayush has always been an avid sports lover, representing his school team in cricket and soccer.

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