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Kevin Knox attacked on Twitter after announcing Kentucky commitment

Photo: USA Basketball

Photo: USA Basketball

When Kevin Knox announced his commitment to Kentucky on Twitter, fans from his other top schools attacked him on Twitter.

Of the thousand comments of under Knox’s tweet that he was heading to Kentucky, many claimed he received payments for his decision, others hoped he would be injured or would fail.

“One minute they’re saying come to my school and the next minute they’re saying … they hate you,” Knox told The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C.

Knox’s mother, who monitored the negative attention her son received on social media, said one person went too far and tweeted that he wish Knox would die.

It was kind of really hard to read because not only were they negative, but you had death threats and people wishing harm to your child,” she said. “It’s very disheartening because you realize people are really selfish and mean.”

Michelle Knox is a social worker who works with at-risk children and says she sees the effects of cyber-bullying can have on children.

“Kids who are not strong mentally, that stuff can really affect them,” she said. “It’s harsh things like that, that are ridiculous.”

Knox’s parents have used this as a learning experience for their son. They told him to “make the decision that makes God proud and your parents proud” and know what will make everyone else happy.

So yet again, here is your reminder to NOT tweet things at recruits after they don’t pick Kentucky unless it is something nice.

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Article written by Kindsey Bernhard

Lover of dogs, sports and beer. @kindseybernhard

13 Comments for Kevin Knox attacked on Twitter after announcing Kentucky commitment

  1. DelrayCat
    7:48 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

    Only going to get worse now that we have the ultimate troll, cyber-bully-in-chief occupying the white house. If you read the tweets further you can see the racist right-wing underbelly with all the negative tweets Knox received. Sad!

    • Cletis75
      8:32 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

      Wtf are you talking about? All of the comments referred to him being paid by the corrupt UK. None of the ones in the article were racist. Try to stay on subject rather than push a political agenda that has absolutely nothing to do with the article. If you want to argue political bullspit, go to a political forum.

    • Loganville Cat
      12:30 am July 3, 2017 Permalink

      It’s never good to post under the influence.

  2. Ridge Runner
    7:53 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

    Unfortunately we have “fans” that have done similar responses.

  3. lexfan
    8:25 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

    John Higgins is shocked. BBN would never do such a thing, right? SMH Just delete this thread and save some kind of dignity.

    • playmorezeppelin
      9:01 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

      Some of the tweets that were directed at Knox (not shown in this thread for some reason) were far more aggressive than anything that was sent to Higgins. I don’t know if you saw, but when they released the “threats” to Higgins, even the most inflammatory ones were harmless. i.e., no actual threats of physical harm. And that was toward a grown man. The article that covered the Kevin Knox hate mail included tweets about him tearing his ACL (real original) among other threatening comments, primarily from UNC fans. Why is this not getting more national attention when a grown man receiving unpleasant voicemails was all over espn for about a week?

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:49 am July 3, 2017 Permalink

      Yes, all 7 of those fans represent BBN. Thanks for playing.

      #GoodJob #GoodEffort

  4. true2blue
    8:44 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

    I love how the NC fans are saying things like UK is corrupt and so is Knox. Isn’t NC being investigated for creating a class for its athletes that no one attended just to keep GPAs up. Lol! Stupid people crack me up. And yes it’s sad that every school has fans like this. Just enjoy the sport no matter what and support these kids for what they are doing.

    • playmorezeppelin
      9:10 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah UNC fans calling anyone corrupt is infuriating. It’s one thing to direct unsubstantiated allegations of corruption at a program that has done nothing wrong except have the best recruiting class year after year, but to do so while your program is under the most prolific investigation in recent memory is comical.
      My response to other fans who try and call us corrupt is to point out that sometimes we lose recruits… big recruits that we wanted really bad. As an example, name any recruit that we lost to Louisville. If that player had to chose between going to Louisville and getting a degree, or going to play for Kentucky, being 10x more likely to reach the NBA, AND supposedly getting paid to play, why the hell would any of those recruits pick Louisville? Unless they’re also offering their recruits impermissible benefits – like sex. Oh, wait lol. My point being, if we actually did shady business behind closed doors we would never lose a recruit. ever. And especially not to Louisville, or LSU, or Missouri, or even UNC/Duke.

  5. shelby
    8:50 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

    If this were uk fans bashing a kid for going elsewhere, it’d be on espn. But since it’s fans of other schools bashing him for going UK…crickets.

  6. maximumscott
    10:01 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

    Corrupt school? Arent they under investigation?

  7. 4everUKblue
    10:21 pm July 2, 2017 Permalink

    I guarantee you if they could get Cal it would be a done deal.

  8. RC
    8:30 am July 3, 2017 Permalink

    Malik Monk- who dropped in the draft below expectations- just signed his rookie deal for more than $15 million. After taxes & agents his net is still more than $6 million cash. THAT’S WHY these kids come to UK. It’s why Monk spurned Arkansas to play in Lexington. UK is the safest route to NBA millions.