Geno Smith's father, Geno Smith Jr., received a death threat in the wake of his son's start against the Raiders last Sunday, per The Post's Hannah Withiam.
It was another day at work for Smith Jr. when he got the call from his son that he would be making the start against the Raiders. However, soon after, Smith Jr. would receive a death threat from an anonymous caller last Tuesday.
"I was just at work," Smith Jr. said. "I answered and he was like, 'Geno? Is this Geno?' I was like, 'Yeah.' He was like, 'Your son better not start or we're going to kill you.' I kind of just laughed and then he hung up."
The caller, who Smith Jr. said sounded like a man in his late 20s, had a Missouri area code. After the call, he warned his son not to pay any attention to anything that may come his way as well.
"I guess it was an emotional time with Eli not starting," Smith Jr. said. "I don't know if it's that. I don't know if they just hate Geno that much. I just don't know. I couldn't tell you."
Smith Jr. decided not to bring it up to the police as he brushed off the threat. That action actually helped Smith III focus on his start instead of looking at any distractions.
"I think my dad handled it well. He kind of just hung up the phone," Smith III said. "It's just kind of shameful that would be happening because of someone doing their job. When he told me that, I was like, 'What?' But you kind of get a sense of comfortability from him. He was like, 'Man, it's nothing, don't worry about it. Just do your thing, play your game.' So that was why I was able to be easy with it."
Smith Jr. would receive a second threat on Monday following the firings of head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese. It was the same man, but this time calling under a different number.
"He was like, 'I told you he better not start,' and then he hung up. I was thinking to myself: He did start," Smith Jr. said. "I still didn't say anything. I just listened and laughed because there's no sense in getting in an argument on the phone."
The Giants weren't happy that Smith was getting no support from the fans. Safety Landon Collins and DE Olivier Vernon both called out the fanbase for their negativity toward the quarterback.
"Whoever is our quarterback ... we have to go on that field and go to war with those guys we're playing with regardless of the situation," Collins told NJ.com's James Kratch. "So, as a fan, you need to back up any decision that we make, because it might help."
Vernon added: We always appreciate the support when it comes to the fans and everything like that. The one thing I just had a problem with was, it wasn't the same support when we had Geno Smith as the quarterback. I understand Eli, a great quarterback, but at the end of the day, we're all teammates and we all support each other and that's one thing that, one of our guys wasn't getting support like that like he needed to. And as a teammate, he took it in stride."
Smith performed admirably in the Giants' 24-17 loss to the Raiders as he threw for 212 yards on 21-for-34 with one touchdown. However, two sacks did result in two lost fumbles, including one in the red zone near the end of the first half.