Derrick Rose Encourages Doubters To 'Kill Yourself' After Tom Thibodeau's Firing

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Derrick Rose Encourages Doubters To ‘Kill Yourself’ After Tom Thibodeau’s Firing

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Comments by Derrick Rose in relation to questions about his former coach Tom Thibodeau have ignited controversy online.

Speaking not even 24 hours after the Timberwolves’ shock firing of Thibodeau, Rose’s statement about his former coach to a sudden, dark turn.

The initially heartwarming comments quickly turned sinister when Rose encouraged doubters to commit suicide.

Yep, it was basically like an interview-version of Jordan Peele’s Get Out. At the start everything was normal, but it went bad real quick.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Rose said Monday, via the Star Tribune’s Chris Hines. “Thibs was just the coach that believed in me.”

“He jump-started my career again and for that I’ll always be thankful, but for everybody that think that it’s going to stop, kill yourself.”

Er, Derrick, that’s probably just a slip of the tongue right? You don’t actually want your detractors to kill themselves, do you?

“Like I said, for everybody that think I’m not going to play the same way, kill yourself, because I believe in myself.”

Oh. Right. No, you’re doubling down on the whole ‘kill yourself’ thing. In 2019, really? That’s probably not the smartest move.

Rose’s comments are the definition of 0-100 real quick, and it’s safe to say that they’re going to land him in a bit of strife with the NBA.


Let’s focus on the first part of Rose’s speech while we wait for Rose’s inevitable public apology. The youngest MVP in NBA history has had a rebirth this season and Thibs played a large role in it.

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After the Cavs traded Rose to the Jazz, who waved him, Thibs and the Timberwolves gave Rose his last shot in the NBA.

Minnesota re-signed him last summer after he played all five games in their first-round series defeat against Houston and averaged 14.2 points off the bench.

This season he is currently averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists and is second in NBA All-Star voting over last season’s MVP, James Harden.

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