ESPN Commenter Eric Ting Yee Arrested For Threatening To Kill Teens Who Buy LBJ Shoes
Eric Ting Yee, a 21 year old Yale graduate, was arrested Monday on suspicion of making online threats to kill children.
Eric Ting Yee wrote on an ESPN Web forum “that he could see children from where he was at and had no problem murdering them,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Darren Harris said Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Department called his writings “terrorist threats” and said several weapons were found during a search of Yee’s home, making the threats appear credible. Harris said they included handguns and “at least one high-capacity-type weapon.”
“Nobody knows if we prevented something from occurring yesterday, today, a year from now,” Harris said at the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Valley station
Yee “mentioned that it would be like the Aurora, Colo., shooting,” sheriff’s Lt. Steven Low said, referring to the July 20 shooting in a movie theater where 12 people were killed and 58 injured, the highest number of casualties in an American mass shooting.
The threatening posts were in the comment section concerning Lebron James $270 sneakers.
ESPN’s Mike Soltys spoke with the AP:
“What he was posting had nothing to do with sports,” Soltys said. “We closely monitor the message boards and anytime we get a threat, we’re alerting law enforcement officials.”
Yee is being held on $1 million bail.
People need to be careful posting tweets and commenting about killing anyone, cops and monitors are on these social networks and they see everything.