Last night the Washington Nationals suffered one of the more excruciating postseason losses in recent memory to the St. Louis Cardinals. Washington was up 6-0 after the third inning and held a 7-5 lead heading into the top of the ninth, only to see St. Louis score four runs and take a 9-7 lead. The Nationals were unable to respond in the bottom half of the inning, bringing a remarkable season to a painful end.
Washington Wizards rookie Bradley Beal, the third overall selection in this year’s draft, is from St. Louis and was understandably excited about the comeback made by his hometown team, leading to this tweet.
STL turnupppp !!!
— Bradley Beal (@RealDealBeal23) October 13, 2012
As you can probably guess this didn’t sit well with a few fans and people in/around the Washington area.
Beal spoke with Michael Lee of the Washington Post and explained the aftermath.
“I was hearing threats and everything, like, ‘Watch your back,’ “ Beal said on Saturday before getting his first start of the preseason against Cleveland. “People were like, ‘I’m not going to cheer for you.’ I was like, whatever. It was cool, though.”
“It was probably moreso the timing, but at the same time, it’s my city,” Beal said of St. Louis. “It’s not going to affect the way I play. I got to do something to redeem myself, I guess.”
It’s unfortunate that Beal, even for a second, thinks he needs to do something to make it up to those who reacted irrationally. Yes, he plays for a Washington based franchise but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with supporting your hometown team, even if that team just knocked the Washington Nationals out of the playoffs. Thankfully, Beal did receive a few responses that were supportive of his position.
In tonight’s game Beal had 14 points (4-8 FG), 4 rebounds, and 3 assists in 28 minutes of action as the Wizards defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-95.
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