Shattered footy star reveals troll sent him a map pointing out the spot where he should kill himself after he missed a goal in a big match
- AFL star Josh Dunkley has open up about the abusive messages he has received
- He was sent hundreds of messages after missing a goal during a clash in 2018
- Dunkley revealed a troll sent him a map showing where he should kill himself
AFL star Josh Dunkley was sent a map pointing out a spot where he should kill himself by a vile troll following a nail-biting loss.
The Western Bulldogs player said his Instagram messages were flooded with abuse after he missed an easy goal in a clash against Sydney in 2018.
The Swans went on to narrowly beat his squad in the round four match, 86 to 79.
Dunkley, 24, relived the memory in a column for ESPN and said it was about 10pm when he had finally arrived home after the loss.
Western Bulldogs star Josh Dunkley has revealed he was sent a map pointing out the spot where he should kill himself by a vile troll following a nail-biting loss. He is pictured with his sister Laura
‘There was not a single second where I wasn’t replaying that dropped mark over in my head, berating myself for the mistake,’ he said.
Dunkley then made the regrettable decision to ‘lean’ on social media as a distraction.
He was ‘horrified’ to find his Instagram direct messages were ‘overflowing’ with hundreds of abusive messages – with one standing out more than the others.
‘Someone had actually sent me a Google Maps screenshot which had directions from Marvel Stadium to the West Gate Bridge,’ he said.
‘Here I am, just a 21-year-old kid, being advised by a disgruntled ‘fan’ to commit suicide after making an error in a game.’
The 24-year-old said his Instagram direct messages were flooded with abuse after he missed an easy goal in a clash against Sydney Swans in 2018. Dunkley is seen in action during a pre-season match on March 8 this year
Dunkley said the image made him feel ‘sick’ and it was slow lowest he has ever felt after a game.
‘It was my rock bottom. All I wanted to do was hide,’ he wrote.
Dunkley reported the trolls and switched his Instagram to private. His profile is now back to public.
The abuse served as an important lesson for the Bulldogs star: Don’t check social media after a game, especially after a loss.
Dunkley still follows this advice today.
Dunkley (pictured) relived the horrible memory in a column he wrote for ESPN