Marcin Gortat received ‘terrorist threats’ during Wizards series against Chicago


Watch your mouth, buddy. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Marcin Gortat decided to share his excitement about the Wizards advancing to the second round for the first time in nine years with a few comments on his Twitter account, @MGortat.

But Gortat quickly found that not everyone was thrilled to see the Wizards dismiss the Chicago Bulls in just five games. Instead of letting the negative comments slide, Gortat responded to his critics with a few one liners – but stayed away when some of the exchanges crossed the line.

“It’s just funny, it’s just funny. People are weird,” Gortat said, shaking his head. “The one gentleman who really threatened us, actually made some terrorist threats to us. Some people already visit him.”

After the Wizards won the first two games in Chicago, someone on Twitter attacked Gortat, several members of the team and the families of both Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza. The account still appears to be active. Screen shots of the offensive remarks can be found on the website Busted Coverage.

“He already got profiled, so it’s all good,” Gortat said. “Some serious stuff, but it’s all good,” Gortat said. “He was saying that there’s a bomb in the plane and stuff. And my country is going to get bombed and all my family is going to die. Stuff like that. Everyday stuff.”

A Wizards team spokesperson confirmed that NBA security was contacted after Game 2 and that the situation has been “handled.” Gortat shook his head and shrugged when asked how the Twitter trash talk had reached that level. Gortat then laughed about the incident.

Most of Gortat’s interaction with fans after Game 5 has since been deleted.

“It was just weird. I just responded to a few people,” Gortat said. “I just told them, stop crying, everybody is going through a tough times and that’s it.”

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.
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