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Really, Lakers fans? Mike Brown’s son gets death threat.

Nov 9, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

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You keep hearing that Lakers fans are really freaking out about the team’s 1-4 start and how they are blaming Mike Brown for it all. He’s not Phil Jackson, he brought in the Princeton offense (at Kobe Bryant’s urging, but still) and he has a track record of not being able to take a young and immature LeBron James, surrounded by a batch of mediocrity, to the promised land.

But it’s really getting out of hand for a few fans — Brown’s son got a death threat on twitter. His son is a pretty public figure, playing hoops at one of Southern California’s basketball powerhouses, Mater Dei.

Brown reacted more calmly than I would as a father. From the Orange County Register.

“That’s the tough part about this business. To go after somebody’s family or something like that is, in my opinion, just ridiculous. It’s stupid, crazy, whatever you want to call it. They (family members) have nothing to do with what’s going on right now….”

Kristen Blake (Steve’s wife) wrote on Twitter: “Leave Mike Brown’s son alone. What’s wrong with u people?! Stop attacking FAMILIES! How would you feel if YOUR family was treated like that?”

Let’s be clear here — this is not all Lakers fans. While the fan base can certainly be irrational at points this is a step over the line that only a few idiots would take. Same with the fool in Salt Lake City pepper spraying a Jazz fan.

Of course, these same trolls skirting the edge will be the loudest supporters when the Lakers do figure things out later this season and will question anyone who says they doubted it would work. You got to love America.

  1. echech88 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Way to use this is as an opportunity to take a shot at an entire fan base with a headline and then hedge and back off in your final comment.

    There are crazy people in every city that support every team. If you have a bigger base of fans, obviously there is a greater probability for some bad apples.

    This should be a story about how sports in general have a way of distorting reality for the unstable because this is exactly what happened with the 49ers last season, the Cubs with Bartman and the Yankees pretty much every year.

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      I agree, don’t generalize a whole fan base.

      It’s sickening to think there are people in this world taking up space and resources with that mentality. It’s the fungus among us.. Please spineless cowards, step away from twitter you don’t deserve the very bandwidth your consuming..

      • southbeachtalent - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:35 AM

        hahahahah 3 thumbs down!! I guess we should threaten the life of the coach’s family!

        Yea that’s rational…

      • limonadamas - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        @SBT: I guess the people thumbing you down think that all Laker fans should be lumped together? People are pretty moronic sometimes. btw, your Heat look awesome this season.

    • brianspider - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:33 AM

      So I guess it was just one person who threw hundred’s of foam fingers onto the Staples center floor Christmas day in 2009 when the Lakers were getting blown out by the Cavs? Christmas day, really?

      See it here:

      Lakers have the least classy (I’d also say least informed but that’s not the point) fan base in the NBA and its not even a question.

    • loungefly74 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      yeah…that title is all about creating “sensationalizism”. c’mon, we are better than that.

    • jolink653 - Nov 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

      Let’s be honest: Right now fanbases of teams in California will not get any sort of the benefit of the doubt…Brian Stow almost got killed by Dodger fans and it seems like every week there are fans at 49ers games, Raiders games, and Giants/Dodgers games being assaulted and obviously the majority of fans in a fanbase don’t do those kind of things but I wouldn’t be complaining about how California fanbases are perceived when you have things like that happening and now Mike Brown’s son getting threatened for absolutely no reason…We love sports just as much as anyone here in New York but you never hear about fans assaulting other fans and leaving them with permanent brain damage and I have never seen anyone threatening to kill or harm an athlete or their families here

    • badintent - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      WE Yankee fans don”t have fans getting beaten to a pulp like in SF or Dodger land.Sure, some tourists get mugged in the South Bronx near the Stadium but who told them to take a fifty out to buy a hot dog on the street and wear $5000 in chains? Use Common sense.. which you lack.

      • jolink653 - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM

        Yeaa because that has anything to do with my point about fans putting other fans in the hospital just because they happen to like a different team….

        And when you live around here you know where you can and can’t go in the Bronx and the rest of New York and if you’re a tourist you really shouldn’t be wandering around the Bronx because (a) there’s nothing touristy to see besides Yankees Stadium and (b) because chances are if you look and act like a tourist you’ll get mugged there

        We can have fans of other teams come to games in this city wearing the jerseys of other teams and there might be some trashtalking back and forth but no one ever winds up in a coma in the hospital because of it

  2. dls612 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    An old guy once told me that some of us are surrounded and not by water! The world isn’t crazy it’s the people in it! What a shame! All over basketball?

  3. paulhargis53 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Before anyone goes and says its gotta be lakerluver, its not. He’s.been blindly loyal to everything laker.

    That being said, his mindset is of this nature. Fanatical fans such as lakerluver and these pepper spray and death threat people need to step back and prioritize their lives. If pro sports are the.most important things you have going- there is something terribly askew in your life.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:02 PM

      Sez the guy who stalks the guy he’s calling unhinged. None of us were thinking this idiot making stupid threats could have been lakerluver. Only you. And we’ll take your “expert” word about being “askew,” since your relentless pursuit of any and all lakerluver comments certainly provides an apt definition.

    • limonadamas - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      “If pro sports are the.most important things you have going- there is something terribly askew in your life.”

      I agree with your sentiment. I just find it incredibly amusing coming from you. hahaha

  4. deuces8 - Nov 9, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I hate how people make a big deal about death threats on twitter there obviously not serious and it’s just some coward sittin behind a keyboard tryin to act tough and get some attention

    • lmoneyfresh - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      But what if it was a serious threat? Even if 1 out of 100 death threats are legit, that’s still one too many. Some people are probably stupid enough to plan to follow through with something like that. At what point do you draw the line?

      I say prosecute the idiots who think that internet anonymity grants you the right to make threats on other people’s lives. It’ll stop in a hurry.

  5. spthegr8 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Its is really DISGUSTING how far some people take pro sports. Who ever the DOUCHE is that did it is obviosly a SICK PUP. It is REALLY SAD that some people take a GAME, cuz @ the end of the day that’s what it is, that seriously. I mean I love the my teams also but DAMN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! REALLY??????

  6. jonirocit - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Agree however said coward should be tracked down and punished . There should always be consequences for running your mouth like that.

  7. BigBeachBall - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Now we got to track this kid’s ip and kick his ass… kills my weekend…

  8. paulhargis53 - Nov 9, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    South: It’s why you can’t take those thumbs seriously. You could make the most salient point ever made and you’d be thumbed down because you’re a known Heat fan or Celtic fan.

    Who cares about a thumbs up anyway? I don’t go looking for validation from total strangers. I don’t mean that to come across as being a jerk, its just that thumbs shouldnt concern anyone on here…

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:08 PM

      trust me I don’t give a rats ass about the thumbs up or down, the vast majority of my posts get thumbs down. It’s just that it made me laugh out loud!!

  9. progress2011 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM


    You guys take this stuff Waaaaaay too seriously…..hence the term FAN-ATIC !

    These players and organizations are not paying your mortgage, car note, your childs college fund….not even groceries.

    In-Fact…they are grossly overcharging you for everything fan related. To see the friggin Bobcats play, a family of 3 can expect to spend $200 minimum per game (tickets, parking, food).

    Nevermind trying to see a Faker game…the price for a family of 3, is what most “working class families” pay for their mortgage per month !

    This is why I come here to attempt to educate….while having total enjoyment of Rubbing SALT in the wounds of Maniacal fans.

    Take this wit cha….kobe sucks as a FUNDAMENTAL player. He has NO CLUE how to get Dwight involved…It’s all about him JACKING UP GARBAGE !

    As I said at the beginning of the season, they are a 3 seed AT BEST, in the West…..but that is slipping FAST !

  10. likethelakers8 - Nov 9, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    People, I first want to say that I, as a Laker “liker” do not condone the statements or threat left by that crazed fan; however I understand why someone like him said it. You see, a “fan” is a fanatic of something, in this case the Lakers. The definition of a “fanatic” reads….. “a persob with extreme and uncritical enthusiasm towards something or someone” Someone with such characteristics towards the Lakers WOULD make an extreme and uncritical threat when this fanatic is disappointed about something. Perhaps us Americans need to understand our language a bit better, this way when a fanatic says or does something extreme, we can understand their mental behaviors and obsessions TO BEGIN WITH are also extreme. Thus I am merely a Laker liker and nothing more… good day


  11. cosanostra71 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Mike Brown’s son is a pretty good baller, doing well at Mater Dei. Pretty disgusting that someone would do this.

  12. sfm073 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    All of these death threats we hear about in the name of sports, how many have actually been killed? People do dumb things especially through anonymity. I don’t know why this type of stuff continues to be a story.

  13. scalfor3 - Nov 9, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Threatening the coaches son isn’t going to make the Princeton offense click any faster. Dumbass

  14. hor2012 - Nov 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    I’m a Saints fan and for years we lost. Never, ever do I remember anyone threatening a coach or one of the coach’s family members. What’s scary about this is that is someone’s irrational enough to make this sort of threat. You have to consider the possiblity that they may follow through with it. If the person isn’t mentally unstable then thier a damn coward. If you really of those sort of issues step from the shadows and say it to that man’s face. And, if you’re really that upset about something as trivial as a basketball team then you need serious help.

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