Zaza Pachulia, family threatened after Kawhi Leonard incident
22 May, 2017
Zaza Pachulia, family threatened after Kawhi Leonard incident
After Zaza Pachulia injured Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard’s ankle in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the Golden State Warriors center’s children’s school reportedly required increased security due to social media threats, and Pachulia says Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is partially to blame.

In an interview with USA Today’s Sam Amick, Pachulia discussed the alleged fallout from Popovich’s tirade about the 7-foot Georgian’s extensive history of “dangerous” and “unsportsmanlike” play:

“I don’t blame everything on Pop, but what he said
had a lot of influence (and) you had a lot of people where, unfortunately, you can’t control what everybody’s intelligence is,” Pachulia told Amick on Sunday. “(Fans) just hear the message, and it’s, ‘Ok, Pop said so and now let’s do this.’ It’s just wrong. You’ve got to think, and realize. Threaten me, but don’t threaten my wife or say something about my kids. It’s just wrong.

“Me as a person, as a man, I don’t mind dealing with it. But I hate to see my family deal with it. My wife and my kids who have nothing to do with it, who are very innocent. … I just hate my family going through that. They don’t deserve that. … I’m not blaming everything on (Popovich), but he was a very big part of it.”
geotv.ge
Zaza Pachulia with his spouse and children

Following the Game 1 loss, in which the Spurs blew a sizable lead after the injury, Leonard told reporters he did not believe Pachulia intentionally stepped under his ankle, and Pachulia called anybody who thinks he did it on purpose “really stupid.” But Popovich took issue with the nature of the play — a controversial close-out
the coach once defended when former Spurs player Bruce Bowen was accused of similar dirty antics in 2006 — whether Pachulia intended to injure Leonard or not.

“Because [Pachulia has] got this history, it can’t just be, ‘Oh, it was inadvertent. He didn’t have intent,’” Popovich told reporters a day after the Game 1 defeat.

“Who gives a damn about what his intent was? You ever hear of manslaughter? You still go to jail, I think, when you’re texting and you end up killing someone. But you might not have intended to do that. All I care is what I saw. All I care about is what happened. And the history there exacerbates the whole situation and makes me very, very angry.”

A Spurs fan made headlines by filing a lawsuit against Pachulia, claiming he “intentionally and maliciously invaded the landing zone of an opposing athlete,” but the Warriors center says far worse was threatened against his family on Instagram, where he has posted many pictures of his wife and three children — two sons, ages 7 and 8, and a four-year-old daughter. He has since turned off comments on the account, and he told Amick his children’s school stepped up security as a result.

Pachulia stressed that Popovich wasn’t solely responsible for the actions of a few people on social media and conceded the threats were most likely empty ones. But he does believe Popovich fanned the flames and figured it best to take extra precaution. “Even though I’m pretty sure nothing is going to happen,” he told USA Today, “still when you get this kind of threatening messages, you don’t know.”

Leonard has not played since re-injuring the ankle he originally hurt against the Houston Rockets and remains doubtful for Game 4. Pachulia bruised his right heel in Game 2 and sat out Game 3. The Warriors won the first three games of the series and can sweep the Spurs in San Antonio on Monday.

Source

Related Stories:

Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia carries on in father’s spirit


That’s Zaza! – Pachulia’s best moments with Golden State Warriors


“Georgians have a big heart” – Zaza Pachulia thanks fans for support in NBA All-Star

Print
Other Stories
Georgia will host Snowboard Cross Europa Cup
Georgia's popular winter resort Gudauri will host Snowboard Cross Europa Cup this weekend
Georgian Judoka Defeats Russian Rival
Tato Grigalashvili has won a historic gold at the Dusseldorf Grand Slam
Georgian Wrestler Becoming Two-Times Champion at Europe Championship
Three-times World Champion in Freestyle Wrestling, Geno Petriashvili, won a gold medal at European Championship in Rome
Two Georgians competed at European Championship
Georgians received two silver and two bronze medals at the European Championship.
Tornike Shengelia-the best basketball player at Spanish Championship
Georgian professional basketball player Tornike Shengelia has been recognized as the best basketball player and was awarded "Premio Gigante del Año" (Giant of the Year) by the top professional basketball division of the Spanish basketball league system.
BBC remembering Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili
"This coming week marks the 10th anniversary of the death of the Olympics of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili."- BBC publishes an episode remembering Nodar.
Lasha Talakhadze wins three gold medals at World Weightlifting Championship in Italy
Georgian athlete Lasha Talakhadze defeated his rivals at the World Cup.
Zaza Pachulia expresses condolences for Kobe Bryant death
Georgian basketball player Zaza Pachulia has expressed his condolences over Kobe Bryant death.
Lasha Talakhadze set a new world record
On September 27, Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze won a gold medal at the World Championships.
Georgian strongman hits world record (Watch video)
Giorgi Rostomashvili, Georgian strongman and weightlifter hit record.
Nikoloz Basilashvili wins Hamburg European Open for 2nd year
Nikoloz Basilashvili has won Hamburg European Open for the second straight year by defeating Russian Andrey Rublev.
Brazilian footballer Rivaldo visits Georgia
Famous Brazilian footballer Rivaldo arrived in Georgia on July 21.
Georgia will host FIBA EuroBasket 2021
FIBA is the world governing body for basketball, formed by 213 national federations across the world.
Statue of Ozeki Tochinoshin erected in Japan
The Statue of the Georgian sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze has been erected in the central part of Tokyo, Japan.
Georgian Guram Tushishvili defeats Russian judoka Inal Tasoev
Guram Tushishvili of Georgia won against Inal Tasoev of Russia in the Men's 100+kg Judo at Chizhovka Stadium on June 24, 2019, in Minsk, Belarus.
Georgian pupils win European School Chess Championship 2019
Georgian pupils Davit Tatvidze and Kesaria Mgeladze became the winners of the European School Chess Championship 2019.
Exclusive interview with Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze Tochinoshin
Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze) reclaimed an Ozeki Title
Georgian canoeist Zaza Nadiradze wins gold at World Cup
Georgian canoeist Zaza Nadiradze won the first stage of the Canoe Sprint World Cup.
Tochinoshin reclaims Ozeki title
Georgian Sumo wrestler Levan Gorgadze, Tochinoshin beat his opponent Yoikuzuna Kakuryū Rikisaburō and reclaimed an Ozeki title, one he lost on the previous tournament.
SUMO Natsu Basho 2019: Tochinoshin loses for the fourth time
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze was beaten on the 13th day of Natsu Basho tournament 2019 for the fourth time.
SUMO Natsu Basho 2019: third loss for Tochinoshin
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze was beaten on the 12th day of Natsu Basho tournament 2019 for the third time.
Another loss for Tochinoshin, one more victory needed for Ozeki title
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze lost the second time on the 11th day of Natsu Basho tournament.
Toshinoshin wins the ninth time, one more need for Ozeki title
Tochinoshin, Levan Gorgadze held the ninth victory today, on the tenth day of Basho tournament. He won a bout to Mitakeumi Hisashi, Japanese sumo wrestler.
Tochinoshin needs two more victories to reclaim Ozeki title
Today, on the 9th day of tournament Natsu Basho Tochinoshin whose real name is Levan Gorgadze will not compete, because his opponent Takakeishō Mitsunobu has trauma and could not enter Dohyo.
Tochinoshin wins one of the hardest bouts so far
Today, on the sixth day of Natsu Basho tournament Toshinoshin whose real name is Levan Gorgadze won one more bout.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
26.03.2020
27.03.2020
USD
1
USD
3.4576
3.4842
EUR
1
EUR
3.7370
3.8159
GBP
1
GBP
4.1190
4.1650
RUB
100
RUB
4.4135
4.4618
Other Stories
Georgia’s Under-20 national rugby team have claimed their second victory at the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan
You can be hopeful of us like we are of you, - sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (Levan Gorgadze) told Georgian Prime Minister
On June 4, world-famous Georgian sumo wrestler Tochinoshin (born Levan Gorgadze) arrived in his homeland.
Georgian rugby team claimed yet another historic victory over French Barbarians – the second national team of the French Rugby Federation.
For the first time in the history of Sumo wrestling, a Georgian national has become the owner of the Emperor’s Cup.
Renowned Georgian chess player Nana Dzagnidze claimed the gold medal
It was in the beginning of the 1980s, when FC Dinamo Tbilisi was enjoying their best
The Georgian national rugby team defeated the U.S. squad at the Mikheil Meskhi stadium in Tbilisi on November 25.
Georgian athletes defeated British in sitting volleyball at the Invictus Games Toronto, Canada, 2017.
The national basketball team of Georgia defeated Israel at the Eurobasket
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
3.4842
EUR
1
EUR
3.8159
GBP
1
GBP
4.1650
RUB
100
RUB
4.4618