Update: Derrick Rose has issued an apology for what he said.
“I messed up by using the slang term “kill yourself” today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs. I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize,” he tweeted.
I messed up by using the slang term “kill yourself” today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs. I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.
— Derrick Rose (@drose) January 7, 2019
Earlier: Minnesota Timberwolves’ point guard Derrick Rose is under fire for what he said while speaking to reporters this afternoon.
Rose, speaking to reporters about the Timberwolves’ decision to fire head coach Tom Thibodeau, spoke highly about his ex-coach.
The point guard also had a message who anyone who might be upset with his comments on Thibodeau. That’s where he got into some trouble.
“I have a lot of confidence in myself. Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. He jump-started my career again and for that I’ll always be thankful, but for everybody that think that it’s going to stop, kill yourself,” he said.
Unsurprisingly, the “kill yourself” phrase is not going over well, especially in a time when the NBA has made a point to address mental health.
In a league leading the discussion around mental health with DeRozan and Love speaking out, Derrick Rose shows folks there’s still got a long way to go. https://t.co/bN708qtW9X
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) January 7, 2019
Later in the session, Rose also used that phrasing again: "Like I said, for everybody that think I'm not going to play the same way, kill yourself, because I believe in myself."
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) January 7, 2019
Of course, Rose’s use of the phrase isn’t meant to be interpreted literally, as some are pointing out on Twitter, but he should probably know better at this point.