Comedian goes off the grid after wishing NBA star 'gets shot in the face'


Last week, Charles Barkley made an offhand remark that some found funny and others found distasteful when he said he wanted someone to punch Draymond Green in the face.

Barkley ended up apologizing the next day and the comment was soon forgotten as many just chalked it up to “Charles being Charles.”

On Sunday, another public figure made a comment about Green, but this one likely won’t soon be forgotten, nor should it be.

Comedian Andrew Polk, who hails from Louisiana, clearly was upset that his New Orleans Pelicans had to contend with not only a great Golden State team but also an irritant like Green. Shortly before Game 4, Polk decided to tweet out a death wish to the Warriors’ defensive ace.

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Whether he was joking or not, Polk clearly stepped over the line. Hoping someone gets punched in the face may get an eye roll or two, but hoping someone gets shot in the face will rightly earn you public shame at minimum.

After receiving backlash, Polk deactivated his Twitter account Sunday. It was restored later in the day, though, and Polk tweeted an apology that was captured by USA Today.

Polk apparently then decided to leave Twitter for good, as the Twitter account @polksalad has been deleted.

Green was asked about the tweet after the game and handled the situation admirably.

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“If he feels the need to do something like that about basketball, then I feel bad for him,” he said. “It’s kind of sad that someone would take this that serious. When you’re talking, at the end of the day, what’s a game. Making death threats, talking about life. I just pray that he gets the help that he needs.

“I personally, No. 1, don’t worry about it, and No. 2, don’t care that much about it. Now I care a lot about basketball, but I don’t care that much. So being that we’re in it every day and we’re literally blood, sweat and tears in this every day and it don’t matter that much to me, it shouldn’t matter that much to him either. So I just pray that he gets the help he needs.”

Even though Green said he’ll pray that Polk gets help, the All-Star wasn’t interested in the apology.

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Green finished Game 4 with eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists as the Warriors took a 3-1 series lead. They can close out the series Tuesday in Oakland and clinch their fourth straight trip to the Western Conference Finals.

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Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009.
Ross Kelly has been a sportswriter since 2009 and previously worked for ESPN, CBS and STATS Inc. A native of Louisiana, Ross now resides in Houston.
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