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Man threatens college basketball players after loss: California cops


An Indiana man has been arrested after being charged with uttering threats to Cal State Long Beach and Cal State Fullerton basketball players.

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An Indiana man is accused of threatening two California basketball teams after a championship game, local media report.

The threats, sent to Facebook, were first directed at players on the California State University Long Beach basketball team after California State University Fullerton’s 72-71 victory over the team in the Big West Tournament championship game on March 12, the Long Beach Post reported .

The man sent threatening direct messages to the Long Beach State Athletics page, saying the university should be “exploded,authorities told the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

According to a warrant filed in Long Beach Superior Court, the man also threatened to poison players and injure a family member of a coach, the Long Beach Post reported.

Most of the threats appeared directed at Long Beach’s primary point guard, Colin Slater, who was the second-leading scorer and earned the team 23 points in the game, according to the Long Beach Post.

Threats to Slater included a photo of the man holding a knife and saying he would die “by a bullet”, authorities told CBSLA. He also made racist comments towards Slater.

“(The threats) were pretty specific, they were threatening,” Cal State Long Beach University Police Lt. Carol Almaguer told the Press-Telegram. “The nature of the threats was essentially against their lives; there were racial slurs in that same text thread.

According to the search warrant, the man also targeted Fullerton’s team, including threatening to slit the throats of the children of the man who ran the team’s Facebook page, the Long Beach Post reported.

In a Tweet, Cal State Long Beach President Jane Close Conoley praised the campus police department, saying they arrested an individual “for being sued out of state for sending death threats to a student.

Police hope to file two counts of intimidation with a deadly weapon against the man accused of making the threats. At least one victim of the threats is considering bringing additional charges against the man, CBSLA reported.

Cal State Long Beach called the threats “abhorrent” and said it was “fully committed to pursuing this matter” in a statement to McClatchy News.

“In response to these threats, the university provided support to impacted players during the investigation,” he said.

Cal State Fullerton and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana did not immediately respond to McClatchy News’ requests for comment.

Vandana Ravikumar is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.