Report: President Obama's Niece Threatened Before NCAA Tournament Women's Game

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23:  Leslie Robinson #45 of the Princeton Tigers with the ball during a women's college basketball game against the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Robinson is President Barack Obama's niece. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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A threat was made against Princeton Tigers freshman forward Leslie Robinson, the niece of President Barack Obama, ahead of Monday night's NCAA women's tournament game between the Tigers and Maryland Terrapins, per USA Today's Christine Brennan.     

Brennan cited a source who had "knowledge of the threat who was not authorized to speak publicly because of security issues":

An eight-minute voicemail was received at the University of Maryland athletic department offices this afternoon in which a woman said a man was driving on campus with a Glock handgun in his possession, the person said.

The caller linked the man's appearance on campus to tonight's game and Leslie Robinson, the daughter of Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama's brother, who is a freshman forward at Princeton. She was not told of the threat, the person said, but Princeton coach Courtney Banghart was aware of it.

According to Brennan, Obama attended Princeton's first-round win over the Green Bay Phoenix last Saturday but elected not to appear for Monday's matchup.

COLLEGE PARK, MD - MARCH 21:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (L) sits beside his brother-in-law Craig Robinson while attending the Green Bay versus Princeton women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament, March 21, 2015
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Brennan's report also states Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan were there to watch the game, which served to only heighten security for the occasion.   

Robinson has been a role player for the Tigers in her first season. She appeared in 26 games, playing 9.6 minutes a night and averaging three points and 2.5 rebounds a game entering Monday. Robinson didn't play in Princeton's opening-round victory.