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Steve Kerr reveals being once targeted by a death threat

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said on Monday the team intends to beef up security in the wake of a comedian making a death threat on Draymond Green on Twitter over the weekend.

Kerr recognizes the tweet in question was intended as a joke —  albeit an irresponsible and ill-advised one — but believes that does not diminish the seriousness of the issue.

Perhaps helping Kerr arrive at such a conclusion is how once was the target of a death threat during his tenure as the general manager of the Phoenix Suns.

Kerr mentioned how in 2008 he received the death threat after trading Shawn Marion to the Miami Heat for Shaquille O’Neal. The individual who made the threat called the Suns corporate offices. Afterward, Kerr was contacted by the FBI.

“Deep down you know it’s a hoax, but there’s also a part of you that’s like, ‘Hey, we’re talking about a game,’ ” Kerr said, via The Mercury News. “It’s very disconcerting. It’s unfortunate. I guess it’s inevitable in the age that we live in. A lot of people now are able to tell jokes that we only think about in our head.”

“We all think stupid thoughts. The way we live now, we immediately express those thoughts into the world for everybody to see.”

Kerr also mentioned that the Warriors will beef up team security in light of the Green threat.

“Our security people will be on it,” Kerr said. “I mean, we all know the guy came out and said, ‘I was just kidding.’ But our security people are all over everything that happens like this. There are plenty of things that happen like this that nobody ever finds out about.”

The tasteless joke in question was tweeted out by Andrew Polk, who wrote that he hoped Green “gets shot in the face” leaving Smoothie King Center after Game 4 of the series between the Warriors and Pelicans. Polk has since apologized for the tweet  — which he referred to as an “edgy joke” — and deactivated his Twitter account.