Pachu­lia and fam­ily threat­ened

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LOS AN­GE­LES: Golden State War­riors cen­ter Zaza Pachu­lia has re­ceived on­line threats di­rected at him and his fam­ily fol­low­ing a con­tro­ver­sial in­jury to San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal me­dia re­port.

USA To­day re­ported on Sun­day the sit­u­a­tion was con­sid­ered se­ri­ous enough that se­cu­rity guards were sent to the en­trance of his chil­dren’s school as a pre­cau­tion.

“Me as a per­son, as a man, I don’t mind deal­ing with it,” he was quoted as say­ing by the news­pa­per.

“But I hate to see my fam­ily deal with it. My wife and my kids who have noth­ing to do with it, who are very in­no­cent . ... I just hate my fam­ily go­ing through that.” Dur­ing the first game of the West­ern Con­fer­ence Fi­nals, Leonard landed on Pachu­lia’s foot while tak­ing a jump shot and sprained his al­ready in­jured an­kle.

Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was highly crit­i­cal of Pachu­lia in com­ments in the day af­ter the game, call­ing the play “dan­ger­ous” and “un­sports­man­like.”

Pachu­lia, who has de­nied that he was try­ing to harm Leonard, said he wished Popovich had not been so vo­cal in his crit­i­cism.

“I’m not blam­ing ev­ery­thing on (Popovich), but he was a very big part of it,” Pachu­lia said.

The War­riors have a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven se­ries, with Game Four played late yes­ter­day. AFP

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