Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has made it known that he didn’t try to intentionally hurt Russell Westbrook during game one of the Thunders victory over the Rockets.
Oklahoma City Thunder fans don’t care though, all they know is that their star point guard will miss the remainder of the playoffs after tearing his Meniscus.
Beverley received plenty of hate and backlash via social media after the news of Westbrook’s injury went public.
One such person who wanted to let Beverley know how disappointed he was may now be in some hot water. According to Ultimate Rockets a Oklahoma City ball boy is being investigated by police for sending death threats to Beverley.
The vitriol about the play in which Westbrook suffered a season-ending knee injury escalated to death threats directed at Beverley, including one from someone who describes himself as a Thunder ball boy.
[He] 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.”
Capt. Dexter Nelson, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, said officers in conjunction with the Houston Police Department and the NBA are looking into what he described as “Internet threats.”
Thunder spokesperson Matt Tumbleson said: “We do not condone his comments. He works game nights on a voluntary basis. We will handle this matter internally.”
We definitely live in the age of Twitter and Facebook gangsters, and regardless of the injury Westbrook suffered, he was hurt on a basketball play and no one should have their life threatened.