U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) alleges that he was recently threatened by former National Football League (NFL) player Bruce Miller.
Miller allegedly made the threat in a message that he sent to Swalwell via Twitter. Swalwell took a screenshot of the message and posted it via his own account.
The message allegedly sent by Miller reads: "Almost time!!! Would you rather Guantanamo or just execution? F****** traitor)."
Who is this guy threatening to execute me? And how does he have so many followers? pic.twitter.com/M2E2x9l3dR
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 17, 2023
The following day, on May 18, Swalwell posted an update:
UPDATE: The @49ers reached out to me this afternoon regarding this threat from a former player. As a lifelong member of The Faithful, I appreciate them sharing their concern. https://t.co/OtawuiCEPU
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 19, 2023
Miller, however, provided a response of his own, writing, "I was content with trolling corrupt politicians in my dm’s, but since you want to make a story out of it then that’s what we’ll do."
Miller states that his message was not a threat, and he goes to write:
I missed when a harmless game of "would you rather" Guantanamo or execution (which to my knowledge is the punishment) for the treason you’ve so aggressively participated in trying to frame the sitting president, who was disrupting the corrupt status quo of the parasitic us gov. You Eric, are a traitor to the country, to your state, and to your district.
Miller, instead, wrote that Swalwell "and the uniparty are a threat to the country and to the world."
It appears that Miller, here, was taking exception to Swalwell's role in perpetuating the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. It is one of Swalwell's two claims to fame, that and his infamous, intimate relationship with a Chinese spy.
Reports indicate that Swalwell did report Miller to the U.S. Capitol Police. It remains to be seen how this situation will play out.
Miller first entered the NFL in 2011, playing as a fullback for the San Francisco 49ers. He played there until being cut before the 2016 season.
The cut occurred after he was charged with multiple felonies for allegedly assaulting a 70-year-old man and his 29-year-old son. These charges, however, ended up being dropped.
Miller did briefly return to football in 2020, signing a one-year contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But, he only played in eight games, and he has been out of the NFL ever since.