May 1, 2014, 4:45 PM EST
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 CSNWashington.com. 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.
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