Patrick Beverley may have unintentionally been the cause for Russell Westbrook missing the playoffs, but he isn’t being treated too kindly by Thunder fans especially their ball boy. Westbrook suffered the season ending injury in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 2nd playoff game when his knee collided with Patrick Beverley which you can see below. Westbrook was none too pleased that Beverley would lunge at him as he prepared to call a time out, and after the injury occurred he was visibly angry.
Well, fast forward a few days and it apprears that OKC’s ball boy has sent death threats to Beverley. According to Ultimate Rockets:
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.”
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.
Nelson could not elaborate on the matter, state law prohibiting authorities from commenting on a juvenile case unless an arrest is made. In addition, he said the department does not comment on suspects.
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.”
Shortly after Thunder officials were told of the tweets, Brown deleted them with an apology: “Yesterday I posted something completely Inappropriate and I need to apologize. I was out of line and it will not happen again