How fitting. Just hours after cementing his position in the pantheon of slug Philly athletes, Andrew Bynum headed to Buffalo Billiards in Old City, took some shots… and perhaps threatened to kill a guy.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my Saturday morning inbox.
I woke up this morning to two emails from reader Sean. The first one, sent at 12:59 a.m., contained two pictures of Bynum and the following words:
Spotted a loon at Buffalo Billiards, creeping on some sexy white women playing pool. Proof is in the pudding.
A little over an hour later, at 2:19 in the a.m., Sean followed up, like the good little loon spotter that he is:
There was a pool game going on in the bar around Bynum. Someone asked Bynum to move so they could take a shot. Bynum was apparently agitated by this, lost his cool and threatened to kill the guy (putting a fake gun to his head with his fingers) and eventually threw a shot glass at the guy. None of this is made up. What a loon.
Lovely. I’m always a little bit skeptical of emails I receive in the early a.m., so I took to the social medias to see if anyone else had spotted a loon. They had:
I've followed up with Sean to see if he could provide more details on the whole I’ll kill you thing, and will pass along any updates if I get them. Sean also posted about the incident on his Facebook:
UPDATE: Sean asked that we remove his full name and image from the post. He says that Bynum, obviously, wasn't wholly serious about threatening to kill someone when he put his fingers to his head. But a shot glass was thrown.
UPDATE 2: An anonymous reader, who witnessed the exchange, passes along some more details:
I met Andrew there once before and, as with last night, while he might be a little goofy and playful, in no way have I ever heard him threaten anyone. I was in he vicinity of his altercation last night and did not hear him threaten anyone's life. What I DID hear was the group make a few snide comments about is injury which seemed to have lead to the problem in the first place. He was, indeed, talking to two girls, but when asked if he could move for a shot on the pool table, did so accordingly and it seemed at that point someone from the group seemed to have made a comment and that's when he started to get heated. He did drop a glass in their general direction and exclaim, "I'm out of here." That, of course, is where he became in the wrong, but nothing appeared to be thrown at anyone and at that point was asked to leave. I did not hear him threaten anyone's life or make any hand motions accordingly. If anything, it was the group that kept instigating the situation, going as far as going outside to yell things as him as he walked down the street, turning something that should have lasted a few seconds into something that went on several minutes, seeing as how they were still making remarks after he was long gone.
While I'm not a Philly sports fan at all (I moved here for work from Chicago) I must say, being a sports fan in general, it's always nice to see them around town like anyone else, but when it resorts to this, it ruins it for everyone. Mr. Bynum didn't seem to be doing much outside of trying to just enjoy himself like anyone else, from what I could see was, especially in terms of how egotistical you hear and see all over of these guys being, extremely approachable and friendly. Frankly, I don't think his night out should be any concern of anyone when it comes to his injury. As a basketball fan, I can understand a player not playing and it being aggravating. But last I checked you don't drink with your knees.
Anyone else see anything?