The good and positive far outweigh the bad and negative on social media, but that platform does give some foolish, crazy or dangerous people a space to vent.
Washington center Marcin Gortat found that out during the Wizard’s first round defeat of the Bulls.
Gortat received threats on social media during that series that he reported to security officials, reports J. Michael at CSNWashington.com. Not that any of it bothered Gortat.
“It’s just funny. People are weird,” Gortat said when asked about his banter on his Twitter account. “The one gentleman who really threatened us, actually made some terrorist threats to us. He already got profiled so it’s all good. It’s all some serious stuff…
“He was saying there was a bomb in the plane and stuff like that, my country was going to get bombed, my family’s going to die. Just stuff like that. Just everyday stuff.”
Marcin Gortat’s every day must much closer to Jack Bauer’s than mine.
I love that he gave this guy all the consideration he deserved (almost none) then went on with his life.
The anonymity of the Internet allows people to say some things without real repercussions — in the sports world people say things on twitter or on blog comments that they would never say to a player’s face. Every fan base has a few and players know this. And they generally shrug it off (see Kevin Durant with the Oklahoman headline, for example).
But sometimes it crosses the line. Death threats and bombings cross the line. Hopefully this guy got what was coming to him.
Gortat also knows he will get more of this as the Wizards move through the playoffs — one where the Eastern Conference Finals look like a realistic spot for them.
NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Sager’s fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC.
NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.
The Rio Games would have been Sager’s fifth Olympics.
Sager has worked for Turner Sports for 34 years. At the ESPY Awards this month, Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.