Jae Crowder says he's been receiving 'overwhelming number of death threats'

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Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder, center, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. The Kings won 106-103. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Jae Crowder doesn't know the motivation behind the death threats. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Jae Crowder opened up on Tuesday about what he describes as an “overwhelming number of death threats” in his online correspondence.

The Phoenix Suns forward was compelled to post about the threats on his Instagram page before telling “The Arizona Republic” that he receives them regularly.

“I get death threats all the time, and just felt like the other day woke up and it was just like an overwhelming number of death threats in my messages and mails,” Crowder said.

Crowder posted messages on an Instagram story earlier this week vowing to not let people threatening him take him away from his daughter.

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Where are the threats coming from?

Crowder clarified with the Republic that the messages didn’t target his six-year-old daughter Jada.

“It was nothing like harmful to my daughter,” Crowder said. “It's just me saying no one is going to take me away from me being a father to my daughter is what I was trying to say.”

So what’s the motivation behind the threats? Crowder says he’s not sure. He also doesn’t have any idea who’s behind them.

“I don't know where this is coming from,” Crowder said. "I don't know who's behind it. I don't know what fan base is behind it. I don't know anything about it. I'm just trying to take precautions and what I need to do to protect myself and my family. That's what I'm doing.”

Crowder, 30, is playing in his ninth NBA season and his first with the Suns, where he’s averaging 10.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game as a part-time starter. He’s also played with the Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies, Utah Jazz, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks.

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