DeMar DeRozan’s daughter, Diar, went viral Wednesday night with her piercing screams that appeared to have a real impact on the Raptors’ free-throw shooting during the Chicago Bulls’ play-in game victory in Toronto.
Apparently, some fans were so incensed by the 9-year-old’s actions that she became the target of ‘severe online threats,’ TNT’s Chris Haynes reported. Haynes said the NBA made the Bulls aware of the threats, and team security escorted her out of Scotiabank Arena and to the team bus alongside DeRozan.
‘As long as she was there with her father, I wasn’t worried about anything happening,’ DeRozan told Haynes. ‘It was just a precautionary measure and I appreciate that.’
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The Raptors season came to end with a 109-105 loss to the Bulls in the 9 vs. 10 play-in game. Toronto shot a dismal 18-for-36 from the free throw line, a 50% mark that many credited Diar for helping make happen.