Lakers fans understandably are angry and frustrated with the team’s poor play that has resulted in a 1-4 start. They fill the airwaves with their rants and social media with their comments. Twitter has not been kind to Mike Brown during the stretch, with many calling for his ouster after every game.
But some fans’ ire Wednesday was directed at Brown’s son, Elijah, who plays basketball at Mater Dei High. The Lakers coach, though, had no idea his son had received threats on Twitter despite having a friend monitor his son’s account.
“That’s news to me,” Brown said after Thursday’s practice. “I will alert Lakers security.
“That’s the tough part about this business. To go after somebody’s family or something like that is, in my opinion, just ridiculous. It’s stupid, crazy, whatever you want to call it. They (family members) have nothing to do with what’s going on right now.”
Elijah Brown seemed unfazed by the comments, posting on Twitter that “Coaches fault when they lose but players glory when they win.. I’m not trippin well be straight!”
The coach’s son did receive support from Lakers’ family members — Kristen Blake, Steve’s wife, and Daniel Artest, the brother of Metta World Peace. Steve Blake and his family received death threats on Twitter during last season’s playoffs.
Kristen Blake wrote on Twitter: “Leave Mike Brown’s son alone. What’s wrong with u people?! Stop attacking FAMILIES! How would you feel if YOUR family was treated like that?”
Artest wrote: “Leave my homie @elijah_brown_4 alone tho. Says a lot about u attacking a kid online over a damn game”
Said Brown: “People change with the times, that’s human nature when things are good, everybody loves you and when things aren’t good, people tend not to love you, and people show that in different ways. It’s part of life.
“But in terms of threats, if there are threats, it’s something I take serious because I shouldn’t happen to Steve Blake. It shouldn’t happen to Dwight. It shouldn’t happen to my kid. It’s ridiculous.”
People need help these days. I understand passion for your team but this is going too far. Sports should not bring these kinds of action out of people. I think the IP addresses of these people need to be found and they should be punished.
Dude was smiling anafter the lakers fired his ass..d
I saw the picture of Mike Brown. I think that says a lot about him that he was able to pose with fans and have a good attitude despite just being fired.
Brown strikes me as a man who loves the game, but that's not the only part of his life.
On the subject about the death threats... It's sad because the people doing this have some sort of mental issue and really need help.
that was kobe who threatened him... after the death stare