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Will Galen
07-07-2004, 08:18 AM
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Report: Magic GM Receives Death Threats

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Orlando Magic general manager John Weisbrod reportedly received written death threats at his home about trading two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady.

Florida Today reported Wednesday that Weisbrod received two such threats since mid-June, and was forced to check into a hotel under an alias for two nights last week.

On June 17, one week before the NBA draft, Weisbrod found a threatening note taped to the front door of his home. He said he called Magic assistant general manager Scott Herring and went ahead with plans to take draft prospect Emeka Okafor to dinner.

Nearly two weeks later, on the day the Magic announced McGrady's trade to Houston, a death threat was scribbled on the glass door of the house with a grease marker, Weisbrod said.

"I get harassing correspondence all the time, but when it starts happening at your house, that raises the bar to a different level," said Weisbrod, a 35-year-old divorced father of one.

Weisbrod said the Magic notified the Orange County Sheriff's Office of the threats last week, but filed no official report because he wanted to keep the incidents "out of the public eye."

Sheriff's officials took the June 17 note to analyze for fingerprints and study the handwriting, he said.

McGrady, an all-star in each of the four years he played in Orlando, was sent to Houston with three others in exchange for point guard Steve Francis, shooting guard Cuttino Mobley and center/forward Kelvin Cato. The deal was announced June 30.

McGrady averaged 28.1 points for the Magic, and quickly became the team's most popular player.

But he told team owner Rich DeVos he wanted to be traded, and the Magic didn't want to be left without compensation if McGrady opted out of his seven-year, $93 million contract after next season.

ABADays
07-07-2004, 09:12 AM
Which reminds me - I haven't see JOneal7 in a while. Coincidence?

BigMac
07-07-2004, 09:27 AM
Which reminds me - I haven't see JOneal7 in a while. Coincidence?

Very funny. Strange thing is that I was thinking the same thing.

Harddrive7
07-07-2004, 09:51 AM
The death threat itself read, HEEEEELLLLLLL YEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHH, YOOOOOOOOOOOOOU'RE GOOOOOOOOOOOING TOOOOOOOOOOOOO DIIIIIIIIIIEEE BIAAAAATCH.

JO #1

Also found at the scene is what seemed to be a torn corner piece of an autograghed picture. Police are still investigating.

PacerStud
07-07-2004, 10:01 AM
I wonder what Uncle Buck would do if we traded Jermaine and Ron ??

Suaveness
07-07-2004, 10:16 AM
I wonder what Uncle Buck would do if we traded Jermaine and Ron ??

If we got KG and TD in return, I'm sure he wouldn't mind

Unclebuck
07-07-2004, 10:32 AM
I wonder what Uncle Buck would do if we traded Jermaine and Ron ??

I assume you are joking :o

Well I certainly would not make any death threats.

Gyron
07-07-2004, 10:59 AM
There wouldn't be threats, he would just do it.....:devil:

LAPacer
07-07-2004, 11:01 AM
Reminds me of when Reggie was in his prime and was a free agent. He got tons of death threats and racial slurs thrown at him about resigning.

Some people need to chill.

Hicks
07-07-2004, 12:08 PM
There wouldn't be threats, he would just do it.....:devil:

Damn, you beat me to it :laugh: