CHICAGO — It's not just celebrities who suffer abuse on Twitter — sports referees face a whole lot of #MeanTweets, too.
So when the National Basketball Referees Association dropped a video Saturday showing refs reading tweets written about them, just like the celebrity #MeanTweets series on Jimmy Kimmel Live, it was guaranteed to get ugly.
James Capers, an NBA official living in Chicago, read one from @ceasus that said: "I'm coming for yall if we lose."
Capers didn't miss a beat before responding, "Now, I live in Chicago, you know this doesn't bother me."
Capers, a Hales Franciscan graduate, is one of several NBA refs who read tweets about them.
Capers also read a tweet from @jjbryant_tf that said: "So glad I found out that this @OfficialNBARefs twitter page exists, I'll be harassing them for the rest of my days on this planet."
"That's pretty good. I like that one," Capers said.
NBA officials Nick Buchert and Marc Davis also live in Chicago, according to the NBA Officials Roster. Veteran NBA official Danny Crawford is a Chicago native and Northeastern Illinois graduate who lives in suburban Naperville.
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