By LARRY VAUGHT
Twitter provides a lot of fun and entertainment for many of us. However, I have to say this old guy was more than a bit shocked by a tweet Friday that could have been taken as a death threat to incoming Kentucky freshman Sacha Killeya-Jones.
It apparently was in retaliation for a tweet that Killeya-Jones posted during the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago earlier this week when he played with three other future Wildcats. He was with De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Bam Adebayo when it seemed they were mocking the “L’s up” sign that Cardinal fans use.
Obviously, Louisville fans did not like that and given a do-over, my guess is that the future Cats would not have posed for that photo. However, that still is no excuse for what someone posted on Twitter Friday afternoon. It had a picture of a gun inside a UK stuffed animal’s mouth with this message for Killeya-Jones: “@The_SKJ come to the west side of Louisville and throw y’all L’s down” y’all get put in a body bag, we don’t play!!”
Killeya-Jones’ mother was in no mood to play after that tweet hit Twitter, either.
“This is someone sending death threats to my 17 yo son,” Ley Killeya-Jones posted.
Next she posted: “Unfortunately, there’s no such thing anymore as ‘only twitter’- we are reporting it.”
She noted that procedure called to report the threat first in North Carolina where they lived.
Finally she had a message for Kentucky fans.
“Thank you so much everyone in #BBN who has reported the threat. We are working with the police dept. We appreciate the support,” Ley Killeya-Jones tweeted.
Even in the bitter UK-Louisville rivalry, there’s no room for this. Of course, there is no way to know exactly who posted the threatening tweet and the picture was removed not long after it was posted. I have to believe that 99 percent of both UK and Louisville fans were offended by this threat and here’s hoping someone figures out who did it and that there is a way to charge the culprit with some offense.