An Oklahoma City Thunder ball boy tweeted a death threat at Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley and now the police are investigating the matter.
Oklahoma City police captain Dexter Nelson tells The Associated Press that their department is working with the Houston police and the NBA to investigate the threats.
The Thunder says in a statement that they “do not condone his comments. He works game nights on a voluntary basis and the matter will be handled internally.”
Game 3 was Saturday night in Houston. Security was increased for the game, but it was done because of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The ball boy tweeted that he “is coming to kill” Beverley after news broke that Russell Westbrook would be having knee surgery after his collision with Beverley in Game 2. He later deleted the tweet.
The ball boy later tweeted an apology to Beverley and then claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked and that he was not the one who tweeted.
Like I wrote yesterday, I in no way believe that this 17-year old kid planned to actually kill Beverley. This was just one of very many nasty tweets that Beverley received. People don’t think before tweeting and definitely don’t think their tweets will be taken seriously.
But at the same time stuff like this needs to be taken seriously. The reason is that this kid works for the Thunder and would have access to being on the court for another Thunder home game. It is unfortunate that it has come to this but there is really no other option than for the police to investigate this thoroughly.
Hopefully, this is the last we here about this.