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Marcin Gortat received death threats on Twitter

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Baller Mind Frame’s No Layups brings you the hottest NBA stories on the web mixed with personal opinion from our very own Aaron Lanton

That so many people didn’t believe in the Wizards or were against them comes as no surprise to Marcin Gortat. They weren’t the favorite vs. the Chicago Bulls for obvious reasons — recent history. But Gortat faced death threats, though he never took them seriously, on social media and said he had someone reported.

“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.”

So exactly what was being said to Gortat, the Wizards 6-11 center from Poland?

“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.” CSN Washington

The report never mentioned who was sending these threats or why. It’s not unreasonable to assume that Bulls’ fans sent the messages to Gortat to distract him. No matter who did this or why, I hope that law enforcement finds the individuals responsible and punishes them accordingly. There is no place for that anywhere.

We need to hold fans more accountable for crude heckling during games as well. Hopefully it’s somewhere on Adam Silver’s bucket list. – AL

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