VIDEO: Marcin Gortat on Twitter Critics, Bomb Threats from Bulls Fans, and ‘Everyday Stuff’
“It’s just funny. People are weird.”
That’s what Marcin Gortat said on Thursday when I asked about him responding to critics on Twitter, which he did in measured doses after the Wizards beat the Bulls in Game 5. (Note: Some of said tweets have seemingly been removed or deleted from his account, but a screen shot of one can be found below.)
“The one gentleman who really threatened us actually made some terrorist threats to us,” said Gortat. “Some people already visit him, so….”
So they reported this person to the league?
“He’s already got a profile, so it’s all good…”
Gortat started to further explain but was interrupted by another reporter asking about the nature of the threats.
“Well, he was saying there was a bomb in the plane and stuff like that, and my country is going to get bombed, and all my family is going to die. Just stuff like that. Just everyday stuff,” said Gortat, evoking some chuckles from the press at the ‘everyday stuff’ part.
“No, I just responded because, you know, it’s weird… I was just responding to a few people, just telling them to stop crying, everybody is going through their tough times, and that’s it.”
One Twitter user, @YM1Mando, began sending threatening tweets to Gortat (@MGortat) after Game 2. His account appears to still be active, and you can see a screen shot of one threat and interaction with Gortat below.
I’m not sure this guy, seemingly a Bulls fan, has the wherewithal to read a book much less
act on a threat. A member of the Wizards PR staff said that the situation was “handled.” It is unclear if they were talking about this specific user, however.
@YM1Mando also sent threatening tweets to other Wizards, such as Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster, and mentioned potential harm coming to their families. Those tweets have seemingly been removed from his account, but the website Busted Coverage was able to take screen shots that can be found here.
[TAI's Adam McGinnis contributed to the gathering of Twitter screen shots.]