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Suns’ Jae Crowder opens up about response to receiving death threats

Jae Crowder recently revealed in a series of posts on Instagram that he’s been targeted with death threats. The Phoenix Suns forward admits the threats became so frequent, troublesome and disturbing that he had no choice but to use social media to publicly confront them.

“I get death threats all the time and just felt like the other day woke up and it was just like an overwhelming number of death threats in my messages and mails,” Crowder told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday. “I was frustrated with that and I just took it to the Internet. It’s obviously gained attention.”

Crowder used Instagram to post two all-caps condemnations of the death threats.

1. “IT’S WILD TO ME THE AMOUNT OF DEATH THREATS I GET ON THE REGULAR HOW CAN PPL SEND ME MESSAGES/MAIL WANTING TO KILL ME BUT NEVER MET ME?”

2. I GOTTA UP MY SECURITY SINCE I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHERE THIS HATE COMING FROM & BEFORE I LET MY GUARD DOWN AND LET ONE OF YOU TAKE ME AWAY FROM MY DAUGHTER [SIC]. STAY BLESSED PEOPLE & CONTINUE SPREADING LOVE. -99.”

“I don’t know where this is coming from,” Crowder said of the apparently prolific increase in death threats. “I don’t know who’s behind it. I don’t know what fan base is behind it. I don’t know anything about it. I’m just trying to take precautions and what I need to do to protect myself and my family. That’s what I’m doing.”

Crowder signed a three-year, $30 million with the Suns in November. However, the veteran now in his 12th NBA season was a late arrival to training camp for what was explained as “personal reasons” by the team.

The Suns were supportive of Crowder’s absence, and it’s certain the organization will do the same amid the disconcerting developments related to the alarming rise in threats on his life, which remain completely baffling.

“It was nothing like harmful to my daughter,” Crowder said of why he mentioned his daughter in one of the posts. “It’s just me saying no one is going to take me away from me being a father to my daughter is what I was trying to say.”