Photo by Artem Korzhimanov Beverly had better days playing in Russia.
Buying a ticket allows you to engage in every form of jackassery that doesn't harm somebody else. Social media allows you to directly interact with not only fans of other teams, but the actual players from those teams as well. All that's asked of fans is that they stay on the proper side of the law and act with a little decorum when they have their "fan" hats on.
But a few rotten apples will inevitably spoil every bunch, and sports fans are no different. People suck sometimes, as witnessed by the reaction of sheer joy by some Oklahoma City Thunder fans to Patrick Beverley's torn meniscus, suffered last Thursday against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Before we get to said reaction, a little background on the beef between Beverley and the Thunder followers.
It goes back to last season's playoffs when, in Game 2 of the opening round series, Beverley went in hard after the ball on a play where Thunder point guard seemed to be expecting him to concede a timeout. Well, Beverley, who was a few months removed from playing in Russia at the time, was not in a habit of really conceding anything. Here was that play:
Westbrook wound up with a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery, and he ended up missing the balance of the 2013 playoffs, an absence which the Thunder were able to overcome (with moderate difficulty) against the Rockets, but unable to do so in the next round against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Thunder fans were outraged, and took to Twitter to tell Patrick Beverley what a deplorable human being, dirty basketball player, and societal menace that he was. The keyboard courage flowed like the Red River.
Well, after Beverley's injury (ironically, a meniscus tear) on Thursday, the OKC Twitter thugs came out again, as if Beverley had not only torn his meniscus on that cut in the Sixers game, but also accidentally kicked an ant pile, out of which crawled a slew of mouth breathing jerks ready to pounce.
A quick search of "Patrick Beverley karma" on Twitter Sunday night yielded some of the following results:
So Patrick Beverley is out with torn meniscus. Looks like karma is tapping him on the shoulder like..... pic.twitter.com/KGoCpfIeEu
— NBA Courtside (@NBACourtside_) March 28, 2014
karma's a bitch Patrick http://t.co/kbEl8VuLFt
— Alex (@leewsalex) March 30, 2014
Patrick Beverley's injury is what you call a good old-fashioned karma.
— Ralph (@ralphfervic) March 30, 2014
Welllllllllllllllll, that is a such a shame. SOOOOO sad for him. Only have one word to say.......Karma... http://t.co/UfbSCUtfvq
— Scott Senner (@scottsenner) March 29, 2014
Patrick Beverley getting a torn meniscus is the biggest proof that karma is real
— Allan (@ChillFrom91Til) March 29, 2014
Patrick Beverley tore his knee...karma bitch
— Motherfucker Jones (@curtyndacut) March 29, 2014
Oh isn't it ironic how Patrick Beverley tore his meniscus after numerous dirty plays against Russell Westbrook karma..dude is a dirty player
— Brandon Watson (@BDWatts_28) March 29, 2014
Hey Patrick Beverley. Karma my friend, you know?
— Stephen Walker (@StephensBook) March 29, 2014
And finally, the worst one out of all of them...
— Sleepy P (@_DollarxDream) March 28, 2014
RULE: If you're going to insult somebody, you have to spell the insult correctly. Otherwise, it's 3 to 5 years in prison.
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They have a function on Twitter whereby you can report people for spamming. I have no idea what the punishment is, but it would seem, at the very least, being reported for spam would result in some sort of minor inconvenience. Well, there should also be a Twitter function that allows you to report people for taking pleasure in other people's injuries, and provided that the injured person is not a criminal, pedophile, terrorist, or David Schwimmer, being reported would result in some sort of Twitter punishment.
It would be one small brick out of the war on keyboard courage. For now, just know that all of the people above (who represent just a fraction of the "Patrick Beverley karma" tweets) are likely all terrible people.
At the very least, they're terrible sports fans.