The basketball world was stunned when news got out that Russell Westbrook would be out indefinitely due to an injury, and now fans have blamed Houston Rockets' guard Patrick Beverley for colliding into him.
The Daily Mail reported that authorities are investigating death tweets sent to Beverley from an Oklahoma City Thunder ball boy.
Enstars reported earlier that Westbrook underwent surgery for a torn meniscus after he lunged in to Beverley during Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs.
Westbrook has never missed a NBA basketball game and many sports fanatics are upset, claiming that Beverley was the cause of Westbrook's injury.
On Saturday night, a tweet from the handle @MitchellBrwn was sent to Beverley that read: '(@pavbev21 I'm coming to kill you.'
The twitter handle later apologized in one tweet and then said he was hacked in another post.
The account has since been shut down.
Oklahoma City police Captain Dexter Nelson said in a statement that their department is collaborating with the NBA and the Houston police to investigate the death threats.
Beverley said that the tweets didn't bother him and that he did not intend to injure Westbrook.
"I knew my... intent. My intent was no one to get hurt. It's an unfortunate situation. Now, I'm on TNT for the wrong reasons. I can't control what happened," Beverley said.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks defended Beverley and said his play against Westbrook was "not a dirty play. It's part of basketball. One of the things the kid does, he plays hard," Brooks said.
The Thunder team released a statement and said the their team does not "condone his comments." The team also said that they will be handle the situation "internally."
On Saturday, The Thunder defeated the Rockets, 104-101.
"Although we are of course disappointed that Russell will be unable to return to the floor with his teammates this season, the opportunity to repair the meniscus as opposed to remove it was the best possible scenario for Russell's long term health as a player and person," Sam Presti Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager said.