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Iowa State police investigate threats against KU’s Johnson

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, at 3:37 p.m.

Iowa State University police are investigating threats that were made toward KU senior guard Elijah Johnson on the social-media site Twitter following the Jayhawks’ win over the Cyclones on Monday night.

Johnson, who scored a career-high 39 points as KU won 108-96 in overtime, finished the game with a fast-break dunk, drawing the scorn of some fans inside Hilton Coliseum. The screenshots of the threatening tweets showed one Twitter user using racial slurs and another user suggesting he and the first user wanted to take a gun and attack the KU bus. Both Twitter accounts that posted the messages have been deactivated.

“It’s unfortunate but we know it certainly doesn’t represent the Iowa State community and its fans,” KU associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said Wednesday. “We’re sure Iowa State is handling it appropriately.”

Kansas coach Bill Self said Wednesday he was aware of the situation. He hadn’t been informed of any specifics, though, and the issue hadn’t come up with his team. The police investigation was first reported by Des Moines television station WOI on Tuesday.

“I haven’t seen players (since the Iowa State trip),” Selfsaid. “We haven’t talked about that at all.”

The aftermath of Monday’s comeback victory also included an Iowa State fan yelling and moving toward Self before being restrained by police. Self earlier downplayed that incident.

“There was one guy kind of got after me,” Self said Tuesday. “But it wasn’t close to being a confrontation or anything like that.”

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