Investigator still working on threats against referee
OMAHA, NEB. | An investigator for a Nebraska law enforcement agency said Wednesday he is reviewing hundreds of confirmed or possible threats against an Omaha basketball official who worked Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament loss to North Carolina.
Matt Barrall of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department said he was in his fifth day working full-time on the case, and no end was in sight.
Referee John Higgins’ roofing company was inundated with harassing emails, phone calls and voice mails — including death threats against Higgins and his family — starting shortly after Kentucky’s 75-73 loss to North Carolina on March 26. Kentucky coach John Calipari criticized the officiating during his postgame news conference.
Barrall said he has identified 450 phone calls or messages and another 200-300 messages on social media or in emails that were “of a threatening nature.”