A Man Was Arrested For E-Mailing A Death Threat To Adam Silver Demanding He Be Granted The Chance To Play In The NBA
TMZ- A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday for sending a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver that essentially demanded Silver to let him play in the league ... or else.
"If you don't let me play, I'm going to come up there and kill you with my f*cking gun," David Pyant allegedly wrote in an email sent to NBA offices ... police sources tell us.
It doesn't appear Pyant has any real professional basketball experience -- but he does have a criminal record ... 13 prior arrests, according to the NY Post.
I think we are all in agreement that death threats, in and of themselves, are not humorous. They are especially lacking in comedic value when the person delivering them is not an anonymous internet internet troll, but rather a man who must have had all the good luck in the world to be granted access to the internet - or the free world, for that matter - despite maintaining such an unlucky number of arrests in his career as a criminal. So, as hilarious as it should be that a down-sitting citizen basically tried to pry a spot start out of the NBA Commissioner during the Conference Finals, David Pyant is the type of guy whose fatal intimidation tactics definitely need to be taken seriously.
Admittedly, I do slightly empathize with him wanting to make more convenient the annoying act of e-mailing by sending one person a threat on their life as opposed to going through the trouble of CC'ing the 30 people who actually have roster autonomy. Still, caging someone with a loose enough connection to reality to believe that Adam Silver can just pull the magic pen from behind his ear and knight a societal straggler into 'The Association' will likely save someone's life in the long run. I suppose I can't hate the guy for giving it his best shot, but it's probably not a good sign for him, or anyone crazy enough to let him join in on a pick-up game, that said shot was supposedly loaded into a firearm as opposed to unloaded from the top of the key. And to think, he might have had himself an argument for the seat at the end of the Cavaliers' bench if it weren't for the meat of his e-mail switching the focus to the high profile manslaughter of a powerless party.