Sydney Kings guard Dejan Vasiljevic receives death threats after scoring winner over JackJumpers in NBL grand final series
Posted On May 10, 2022
Sydney Kings guard Dejan Vasiljevic says he received death threats in the wake of his match-winning shot against the Tasmania JackJumpers in Hobart on Sunday.
- Discontented fans took to social media after Vasiljevic’s three-pointer helped the Kings to a 90-86 win in game two
- Sydney could win their first NBL title since 2005 with a win in game three on Wednesday
- Kings coach Chase Buford was fined $375 for striking an advertising hoarding during the match
The Kings have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five NBL grand final series after Vasiljevic hit a long-range three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to seal a 90-86 victory in game two.
There was an ugly post-script to the match when some fans turned to social media to abuse Vasiljevic, with the 25-year-old even receiving death threats.
“There were personal jibes and jabs after the game,” Vasiljevic told SEN.
“There were people sliding into my DMs who were sending death threats.
“That’s the life of a professional athlete. We perform and we are able to just walk away from stuff like that.
“I’ll just delete the message, laugh at it, and go about my business.”
Vasiljevic admits he taunted the sold-out crowd after hitting the match-winning shot.
“I probably took it a little too far with the taunting at the end,” Vasiljevic said.
“When you take things a little too personal, then that kind of gets on my nerves.”
The Kings are now one win away from claiming their first title since 2005, with game three to be played in Sydney on Wednesday night.
If the JackJumpers post an upset win in game three, they will host game four in Hobart on Friday.
No team has won an NBL championship after dropping the first two games of the grand final series, with the Cinderella story of the JackJumpers now in grave danger of ending in a sweep.
The Kings are sweating on the fitness of MVP winner Jaylen Adams, who missed game two with a hamstring injury suffered in the game one victory in Sydney.
On Monday night, Kings coach Chase Buford was fined $375 for unsportsmanlike behaviour during game two.
Buford was caught by broadcast cameras striking courtside LED signage in an incident that was not spotted by referees at the time.
It comes 12 days after Buford was fined $10,000 for naming a referee he hoped wouldn’t oversee the Kings’ semi-final series against the Illawarra Hawks.