Grant Wahl’s brother’s Instagram profile private after ‘killed’ post

Grant Wahl’s brother took to Instagram to announce that someone had ‘killed’ the prominent football writer at the World Cup – but now the impressive social media post is no longer public.

Wahl, 49, who had this week complained of a “rattling cough” from bronchitis and said he was down, suddenly collapsed while covering Argentina’s quarter-final win over the Netherlands on Friday.

In the moments leading up to his collapse, Wahl seemed in good spirits, joking with colleagues from his seat at Lusail Stadium, according to an eyewitness account.

But Eric Wahl believes foul play by the Qatari government may have been involved in his brother’s untimely death, saying so in an Instagram post hours after his brother’s death.

As of Saturday morning, Eric Wahl’s entire Instagram, including the video with the shocking proclamation, was private, meaning only followers of Eric Wahl’s account could see it.

Grant had been arrested by Qatari authorities for wearing a rainbow T-shirt at the start of the World Cup and has not shied away from denouncing the Middle East country’s policies against LGBTQ residents and migrant workers, prompting some to condemn his to question death.

A picture of Eric Wahl.
Eric Wahl, brother of Grant Wahl, believes bad play by the Qatari government may have been involved in his brother’s untimely death.

In his Instagram post, Eric said his brother received death threats after wearing the rainbow shirt to a match.

“My name is Eric Wahl. I live in Seattle, Washington. I’m Grant Wahl’s brother. I’m gay,” he said in a video posted to his Instagram account before the account was removed. “I’m the reason he wore the rainbow jersey to the World Cup. My brother was healthy. He told me he had received death threats. I don’t think my brother just died. I think he was killed. And I ask for any help”

Eric Wahl could not be immediately reached by The Post for comment.

Wahl said on a podcast Thursday that his body “finally collapsed on me.” He had reportedly been to a medical clinic twice and was told he was suffering from bronchitis.

A picture of Grant Wahl.
Grant had complained about feeling exhausted and battling bronchitis while covering the month-long tournament.

On the same day, the veteran football reporter criticized a Qatari official for his reaction to the death of a Filipino migrant worker at a resort used by the Saudi Arabian football team for training purposes.

“They just don’t care,” Wahl wrote in his Dec. 8 Substack column. “The Supreme Committee in charge of the World Cup in Qatar does not care that a Filipino migrant worker died at the Saudi Arabian training center during the group stage. He suffered a fatal blow to the head in a fall in a forklift accident (information classified until it was revealed the athleteby Adam Crafton).”

Wahl was responding to a press conference at which Nasser Al-Khater, the executive director of the World Cup in Qatar, addressed the worker’s death.

A picture of Grant Wahl.

Grant Wahl claimed he was briefly arrested trying to enter a World Cup stadium in Qatar while wearing a rainbow shirt in support of the LGBTQ community.

Grant Wahl held aloft a World Cup replica trophy during an awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar.

Grant Wahl held aloft a World Cup replica trophy during an awards ceremony in Doha, Qatar.

“We are in the middle of a World Cup and we have a successful World Cup. And that’s something you want to talk about now?” Al-Khater said when asked about the worker’s death. “I mean, death is a natural part of life, whether at work or asleep. Of course, one worker died. Our condolences go to his family. However, it’s odd that you wanted to focus on that in your first question.”

Qatar has been widely criticized for its treatment of migrant workers who are used to build stadiums and other infrastructure. More than 6,500 migrant workers have reportedly died in the country since Qatar was awarded the 2010 World Cup. Grant Wahl’s brother’s Instagram profile private after ‘killed’ post


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