Report: College basketball official John Higgins files lawsuit over Kentucky fan threats

John Higgins is one of the most recognizable names in black and white stripes on any college basketball court.

After Kentucky’s Elite Eight loss to North Carolina last season, Wildcat fans left hateful messages on his company facebook page. He later allegedly received death threats.

Higgins also met with law enforcement and now he has taken it another step further. According to a report from Dana O’Neil of The Athletic, Higgins has filed a lawsuit in Nebraska against a Kentucky media company which reportedly leaked his personal information online.

The lawsuit alleges that Kentucky fans directed more than “800 threatening, vulgar, or harassing voicemail messages received on the Weatherguard phone lines,’’ and “30 such threatening, vulgar or harassing messages received on the Higgins’ family home phone line” at Higgins, his family or his business. Those threats were turned over to local law enforcement officials, and the Sarpy County sheriff determined that a “full dozen rose to the level of an actual threat of death or bodily injury and that he would pursue a criminal investigation,” according to the lawsuit.

Among the specific threats cited: ““You enjoy your life before somebody kills you,’’ and “You hear that garbage truck in the background over there? Wish you were in it personally.’’

He is seeking more than $75,000 in damages according to the report.

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