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Wizards’ Marcin Gortat received death threats during Bulls series

May 1, 2014, 4:45 PM EDT

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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 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.

  1. sellahh - May 1, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Yeah, well, threat him during a face-to-face meeting and somehow it’s all gone. 500 players in the NBA? Well, I’m taking 99% of them in here,

    • sellahh - May 1, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      I mean, the 1% is David BAMF West, James Johnson, Metta World War and Ben Wallace, two of last who arent ever in the league anymore.

      • readysethike - May 1, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        what about Birdman? he looks like he would drink all your milk and eat all your cereal

      • sire2334 - May 1, 2014 at 5:26 PM

        Nah…Birdman seems like a tough guy wannabe…That thug and tattoo act wouldn’t work with me. (not that Im some big tough guy but you won’t walk over me either). But guys like Marcin, “World Peace”, BW, D.West, Nene, Nikola….These are the ones without a thousand tats that I’d be second guessing any altercations. And the funny thing is, these are all nice guys.

      • jerze2387 - May 1, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        dont forget Z-bo

      • jnoah13 - May 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        dont forget tyler hansborou- wait a sec

      • jimeejohnson - May 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Matt Barnes.

    • chicagosports2014 - May 1, 2014 at 10:21 PM


  2. gameisours - May 1, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    ”Just everyday stuff” lol

  3. ProBasketballPundit - May 1, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    Gortat has some smooth armpits.

    • xLith - May 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Can’t lie. I read this, went back up and evaluated. Cannot be unseen now.

      • kansacity88 - May 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        Aww crap…..I just did too!!

  4. 407magic - May 1, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Marcin will give him the polish hammer.

  5. jimeejohnson - May 1, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Probably the same guy who recently got banned on HBT for declaring he was collecting information on bloggers with opposing opinions.

  6. dacapt704 - May 2, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Keyboard cowards…our society is filled with them SMH

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