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Did Thunder ball boy threaten Patrick Beverley?

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09:57 AM ET 04.28 | With Rockets guard Patrick Beverley receiving death threats via Twitter on Friday and Saturday following his collision with Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook on Wednesday, Toyota Center security officials took take extra steps to ensure his safety. "We definitely took precautions," Toyota Center director of security Bryant Savage said. He would not elaborate on any changes in policies or practices. He said security had been tightened for the postseason. "We definitely upped everything," Savage said. 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. Mitchell Brown 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."

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April 28, 2013  10:00 AM ET

What is a ball boy going to do? Deflate a basketball?

Twitter is stupid.

April 28, 2013  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

...Twitter is stupid.

Not compared to the ballboy...

April 28, 2013  12:23 PM ET

Wonder if the person who sent those tweets realizes they commited a felony. Wonder if the authorities are about to make an arrest.

Getting a tweet now: "Red Mamab (sic), I'm coming to keeell you".

Uh-oh.

April 28, 2013  12:33 PM ET

That was a freak accident. Even Westbrook did the same thing to Lin before that injury happened. Fans are just fanatics. Fanatics will never think that their player is wrong.

April 28, 2013  12:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Wonder if the person who sent those tweets realizes they commited a felony. Wonder if the authorities are about to make an arrest.

IF the evidence is present, at least an inquiry needs to be made, and if Beverly wants to press charges, an arrest as well.

April 28, 2013  01:03 PM ET
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IF the evidence is present, at least an inquiry needs to be made, and if Beverly wants to press charges, an arrest as well.

Yeah, an interesting point. Does PB actually need to file a complaint? Either way, I agree it is serious.

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April 28, 2013  01:50 PM ET
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.Now this kids life may be ruined because he wanted to be a cyber-punk.He is a cautionary tale.

Agree. This is the downside of the tweeting. You send a message out of emotion and in an instant you realize you've made a huge mistake. (Happens with just regular texting and posting as FN mods know too well).

I even regret sending the second half of my original post. It makes light of the issue, which on second thought, is not something I wanted to convey. So I've asked the mods to remove the comment.

April 28, 2013  03:01 PM ET
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Twitter is stupid.

Twitter isn't stupid.

A whole bunch of people who post on Twitter are.

 
April 29, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Trick Or Tweet, Bro.

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