'Kill yourself': Derrick Rose has a message for his doubters

Derrick Rose has been experiencing a career resurgence of sorts this NBA season. He’s even gotten some (albeit surprising) All-Star support, with the votes so far giving him a Western Conference starting spot. But he’s still the same Derrick Rose he always was. He doesn’t suffer fools or haters (or anyone, really) gladly. The firing of Minnesota Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau is really bringing out the best in him, though. And by best, I actually mean worst.

Rose was asked about Thibodeau on Monday, and he gave this truly astonishing quote.

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Confidence is great, but when you’re so confident you’re telling people who don’t believe in you to kill themselves? You’ve crossed a line and should probably turn around and walk it back pretty quickly. But that’s not who Derrick Rose is. Instead, he doubled down and said it again.


That’s two times Rose told his haters to kill themselves, which is two times too many. Though he’s obviously not saying it literally, that’s a far cry from what he said on Friday, when he emotionally discussed his surprising All-Star voting total and what support from the fans means to him.


Here’s Rose’s quote about his All-Star support.

“It’s touching man, very touching. It just shows you that love trumps hate any day, all day. To be in this position, it’s something I couldn’t ask for. I got here for being myself and expressing how I feel and being honest. If anything, the reason I’m going right now is for the people who feel left out and been misunderstood, the outcasts, the rebels, that’s the reason I’m going now and I think people can relate to it.”

“Love trumps hate any day” is what he said on Friday. “For everybody that think I’m not going to play the same way, kill yourself” is what he said on Monday. Can someone tell Derrick Rose from Friday to hop into a time machine so he can talk some sense into Monday’s Derrick Rose? Because they sound like two completely different people, and one of them seems a little deranged.

Rose quickly realized he hadn’t chosen his words that well. Just over an hour after he gave those quotes, he tweeted an apology.


Derrick Rose wants anyone who doesn’t believe in him to “kill yourself.” (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Derrick Rose wants anyone who doesn’t believe in him to “kill yourself.” (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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