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Steve Blake Receives Hate Tweets After Lakers' Game 2 Loss

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIMay 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12:  Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after making a three-pointer in the second half while taking on the Denver Nuggets in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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When the Los Angeles Lakers aren't winning playoff games, their fans will get aggravated because they expect more from a team that's won 16 career NBA championships.

But sometimes, Twitter can take the aggravation a little too far. Maybe more than a little.

Lakers guard Steve Blake is well known for being the one who took the final shot for L.A.'s 77-75 loss in Game 2 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday, and he's also been the one who's been taking a lot of heat for missing that shot that would've tied the series at a game apiece.

One person, whose Twitter account doesn't exist anymore, sent out a tweet that mentioned Blake, and his wife Kristen re-tweeted it to her followers. Due to graphic language used in the tweet, the vulgar and racist words used will be censored.

Wow RT @JAMESALLONYOUhttps://twitter.com/JAMESALLONYOU">JAMESALLONYOU>: @SteveBlake5https://twitter.com/SteveBlake5">SteveBlake5> I just don't get it, You b**** *****. I hope your family gets murdered.

— kristen blake (@kristenblake2) https://twitter.com/kristenblake2/status/202983099544510464" data-datetime="2012-05-17T04:45:16+00:00">May 17, 2012

No one knows if the man who tweeted this to Blake was a Lakers fan or someone who might've lost a ton of money in Las Vegas after betting on Los Angeles. Either way, Twitter has become a dangerous tool that gives people an open portal to express their feelings in an extreme way.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 16:  Steve Blake #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives around Derek Fisher #37 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in O
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It's almost unreal that someone would tweet hatred towards an athlete, let alone say something as despicable as murdering a man's family. Fans have been taking sports too seriously for a long time, and with the advancements of social media, sites like Twitter (with an open platform to the world) are becoming dangerous when individuals used them improperly.

According to Steve Blake's Twitter, he hasn't tweeted anything out since March 4. So by not having gone on it for awhile, Kristen Blake found out about this and immediately re-tweeted it, added with the comment, "Wow."

"It's pretty disappointing that there are a lot of hateful people out there, but you move on," Blake said in the story published on ESPN.com Los Angeles. "I just don't appreciate it when it's toward my family. You can come at me all you want, but when you say things about my wife and my kids, that makes me upset."

No matter how mad you may be, don't go after a man's family.

Especially one who's worked a lot to get to where he is today, like Steve Blake. He might have missed the shot that would've given the Lakers a better chance to stay competitive in this series, but what happened with that tweet was uncalled for.

It just goes to show you that there are still a lot of unstable people in this world.

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