Ref target of death threats after Kentucky loss

Doyle BarkerMar 30, 2017

Kentucky lost, 75-73, to North Carolina in the Elite Eight on Sunday, and Wildcats fans (and coach John Calipari) were quick to blame the officials. "Awesome that we had a chance", Calipari said.

Since then, fans identified Higgins as the problematic referee, and both his unlisted home and business phones have been "ringing off the hook". Kentucky kept the score close despite being whistled for 19 fouls, with Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo getting two each in the first half alone to help put the Wildcats in a five-point halftime deficit.

Kentucky fans have posted false claims on the Facebook page for his business, Rooferees.

It goes without saying that while this slice of anger of course does not represent all Kentucky fans or the entire fan base, the ones who are going to this length are embarrassing and their behavior is totally unacceptable.

The Kentucky athletic department released a statement asking fans to show good sportsmanship. Higgins is scheduled to referee the Final Four, even with the ongoing drama surrounding Big Blue Nation's harassment.

Additionally, Higgins has been receiving constant death threats.

Kentucky coach John Calipari wasn't pleased about the number of fouls being called against his team in Sunday's NCAA Tournament game.

After officiating arguably one of the best games in this year's March Madness, NCAA referee John Higgins is feeling the wrath from angry Kentucky fans, who have resorted to disgusting death threats after disturbingly bashing his private business.

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