King's Lynn Stars rider comes off social media due to online abuse
As the King’s Lynn Stars prepare to entertain Peterborough Panthers in a Premiership derby on Thursday, skipper Lewis Kerr confirmed he has taken a break on social media due to online abuse.
The Dersingham speedway racer revealed to the Lynn News that this withdrawal, which began last month, could last for the rest of the 2021 season.
Local two-wheel Minors & Brady Stars talent Kerr feels some personal comments went over the line.
The 31-year-old said: “Yes, pretty much. I’m still off it. I do have a media guy who puts up stuff for me.
“I just got sick of seeing all of the stick flying about the club and a couple of not very nice comments about me.
“There were things like ‘we’re not trying’. We all try: if we don’t, we don’t get paid. I thought: I don’t need to see this. I feel better for coming off it.”
His last Tweet comment apart from a score update was on July 5 after the home derby loss to Ipswich, which read: “Tough night again for the Stars. Believe me we’re trying. 7 from 4 for me.
“Not great but not a disaster, you’d think from the abuse on social media I’d scored an audi (four noughts).”
Kerr continued: “I haven’t even got the App now. My media guy has all the log-in details.”
Of online criticism, he commented: “I know that it happens, just some of the comments I’m better off for not seeing them.
“One bad comment sticks in your head.”
He is uncertain when he will be back online and could not guarantee a return before the end of the campaign.
“I don’t know, really. As long as I keep my sponsors happy, which my media guy will do, I’m happy.
We could be winning every meeting but they would still find comments to bring you down.
“I’m enjoying not being on social media. I miss seeing updates that fans and riders message about. There was something about Birmingham, whether their next meeting would make or break them - people say: ‘Have you seen that?’
“I’m missing things like that, otherwise it’s a nice feeling.”
Peterborough Panthers boss Rob Lyon, ex-Lynn team manager, is expected to have injury doubts over Ulrich Ostergaard.
The Danish 40-year-old crashed out in Heat 15 of the Glasgow Tigers’ Scottish derby win over Edinburgh on July 23.
He suffered a lower back injury and a broken wrist.