Police have launched an investigation into an Oklahoma City Thunder ball boy after he tweeted multiple death threats at Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley.
Beverley became Public Enemy No. 1 in Oklahoma after his steal attempt resulted in a season-ending injury for Russell Westbrook. People, as they often do, went a little overboard with the rage.
Mitchell Brown sent a tweet that threatened, “Patrick Beverly (sic), I’m coming to kill you.” He sent another using Beverley’s Twitter handle; “@pavbev21 I’m coming to kill you.”
The tweets have since been deleted. Brown apologized, and then claimed he was hacked. That’s Twitter Crisis Management 101 right there.
The Thunder organization said in a statement that it doesn’t “condone his comments” and the matter would be handled internally.
Sadly, this was apparently far from the only threat on his life Beverley received. Security for last night’s game at the Toyota Center was beefed up to protect the rookie, who went an uninspiring 3-for-10 from the floor in the Rockets’ loss.
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