Thunder Ball Boy Investigated for Death Threats Against Rockets Guard Patrick Beverley
Russell Westbrook suffered a torn meniscus in Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Playoff series against the Houston Rockets. The injury occurred when Rockets guard, Patrick Beverley, went for an unnecessary and completely stupid steal that he didn’t need to go for.
Naturally, crazy OKC fans responded to the loss of one of their superstars and any shot they had of capturing the title this year with death threats. That wasn’t surprising. Beverley isn’t the first or last player to be on the wrong end of fan ire. What was a bit unusual about his case, though, was one of the people who sent him a death threat.
According to ESPN, a Thunder ball boy named Mitchell Brown was one of the people who threatened Beverley's life via Twitter. "Patrick Beverly (sic), I'm coming to kill you,” he wrote. Then he tweeted it out again, this time tagging Beverley: “@pavbev21 I'm coming to kill you.”
Like all intelligent teens, when it was pointed out to him that what he did was stupid, Brown followed it up with the double-whammy: First he apologized; then he deleted the apology and claimed he had been hacked.
“Yesterday I posted something completely inappropriate and I need to apologize. I was out of line and it will not happen again,” he wrote initially.
Then: “@patbev21 yesterday someone tweeted on my account making a death threat towards you and it wasn't me. I apologize.”
Both the Thunder and local police have said that they will investigate this matter internally.