Christian Pulisic’s father says his son has received death threats over a social media video involving a goliath grouper fish.
Pulisic hit the headlines last week after seeing one of his Instagram uploads go viral while on holiday in Florida.
The 22-year-old filmed a stunt on a boat above an endangered fish, and has subsequently been criticised by conservationists and animal rights groups, according to Goal.
In the video in question, Pulisic was seen juggling a ball over a goliath grouper – a giant saltwater fish most commonly found in waters off the eastern coast of the Americas.
The Chelsea winger ultimately lost control of the ball and fell onto the fish, which visibly struggled under his weight before he was pulled back into the boat.
Mark Pulisic has now come out to defend the USMNT international amid the social media backlash, insisting he never had any intention of hurting the goliath grouper while slamming the online trolls that have made threats against his life.
The Chelsea attacker’s father told Alex Goldberg’s YouTube channel The Byline: “He is off Twitter during the season but he knows what’s going on and the harshness of it after having a bad game. He doesn’t look at it a lot.
“What hurts him more is the cancel culture. If he wants to post something on the internet, and idiots are hiding behind computers. People are just waiting to hate because of their jealousy. That bothers him a lot more.
“Whether it is regarding guns or regarding going fishing and having a hook in a fish’s mouth. He didn’t even realise it but he is just trying to have a good time.
“It’s the most ridiculous thing. Christian is such an animal lover. He has horses, he doesn’t want to see animals hurt. Unfortunately, he has got death threats regarding it and it’s got to the point where people are saying they want him in jail.”