In a press conference on Monday, Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose twice told reporters that anyone who doubts his basketball ability should kill themselves.
Here's Rose, on how he goes forward w/out Thibs: "I have a lot of confidence in myself. Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. He jump-started my career again and for that I'll always be thankful, but for everybody that think that it's going to stop, kill yourself."
— Chris Hine (@ChristopherHine) January 7, 2019
Rose, said “kill yourself” again later in the press conference, which ESPN’s Malika Andrews recorded.
Derrick Rose reflects on Thibs: “He was the only coach that believed in me… No teams wasn’t looking for me at all. I was basically out the league. Even coming here, everybody didn’t know I was going to play this way.” pic.twitter.com/IUTz7tEUPn
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) January 7, 2019
Rose may feel a certain type of way about the firing of coach Tom Thibodeau because a huge part of his revitalization this season comes at the hands of him, but to wish death upon haters is something entirely different.
An apology was later tweeted out by Rose.
I messed up by using the slang term “kill yourself” today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs. I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.
— Derrick Rose (@drose) January 7, 2019