Eric Yee, a former Yale University student now residing in California, was arrested on Monday for making terrorist threats on ESPN.com.
According to the Houston Chronicle, Yee initially landed in hot water when ESPN.com staff alerted authorities to comments he made indicating that “he was watching kids and wouldn't mind killing them.” Authorities later acknowledged that he also said the shooting “would be like the one in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were killed and 58 were injured.”
Yee’s problems were compounded when, after police searched his home, they reportedly found “several guns.”
The truly puzzling thing about Yee’s current predicament is why he would even broach the topic of killing kids in the first place. His comments were apparently made in the reader response section of an ESPN story regarding LeBron James’ new overpriced Nikes. As readers of that story lamented about the dangers kids who wear pricey kicks face, Yee randomly decided to offer his completely unnecessary contribution.
"What he was posting had nothing to do with sports," ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys said Tuesday (via the Houston Chronicle).
"We closely monitor the message boards and anytime we get a threat, we're alerting law enforcement officials."
Yee's bail was set at $1 million.