Some Kentucky fans reportedly left death threats for NCAA official John Higgins following Sunday's Elite Eight loss to UNC.
Many Kentucky fans, and even Wildcats head coach John Calipari himself, were upset with the officiating during last weekend's 75-73 loss to North Carolina. Yesterday, it was reported that some UK supporters found the Facebook page for referee John Higgins' roofing business and left negative reviews.
Allegedly, others went further than that. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman and Dana O'Neil, Higgins claims he received death threats from irate fans, with some managing to call his unlisted home number.
Here are some details, per ESPN:
Kentucky fan websites and message boards identified Higgins as making incorrect calls against the Wildcats. Calipari's statements, message board chatter and their own fury prompted some Kentucky fans to write false and damaging messages on the Facebook site of Higgins' company, Rooferees, as reported by several outlets Tuesday.
But the nastiness went well beyond those posts, Sources said the phones at Higgins' home and business have been "ringing off the hook" since the game, with angry Kentucky calling to complain and some even going so far as to make death threats.
As of now, it is unclear how large a segment of the UK fan base is responsible for these reported acts. Still, it is pretty clear things have probably gone too far.
BBN, as much as the loss stings, it is time to let cooler heads prevail. Your team will be back again.
After all, just look at that recruiting class that is on its way to Lexington.