The text below is just one person’s story from Reddit, so take that for what it’s worth. And if you’re being a stickler for taking it seriously, he did threaten the destruction of property.
On the other hand… seriously?
I… uh… seriously?
I hope that didn’t happen. And I will fully admit I don’t know anything about what this guy’s history might be, or anything else that might help make this incident not sound as excessive and ridiculous as it sounds. Because as it is it sounds pretty incredibly excessive and ridiculous. Not because we should condone inflicting damage on that poor, defenceless, in-severely-poor-taste, slap-in-the-face-to-fans-and-Jays-legends-and-the-meaning-of-sports-to-a-community-and-the-SkyDome-site-to-this-community-alike slab of bronze. But because… c’mon.
Tone deaf (allegedly) is as tone deaf (allegedly) does, I guess.
Hmmm… OK, so maybe our aggrieved friend here was painting a sliiiiiiightly sympathetic portrait of himself. To wit:
I still think the whole thing is asinine for TPS to pursue, but this tweet on its own is not very “joky”. pic.twitter.com/v8BpZyUmj1
— James G (@james_in_to) March 13, 2016
Uh… yeah, but still though! Or… I don’t even know anymore, maybe not.
That doesn’t exactly mean this is a total non-story though…
@AndrewStoeten the story should be why does property damage threat get investigated but not all the other physical threats online?
— G.R.I.T.S. (@thecjm) March 13, 2016
UPDATE THE SECOND
To answer the question posed by the title of this post: yes, Rogers did alert the authorities on this.
Toronto police Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said Rogers Centre security alerted authorities about Kharshoum’s threat and at least one other. Both threats were investigated by the cyber crimes unit.
Douglas-Cook said while some people may say police overreacted, damaging property is a criminal offence.
A Rogers spokesperson, Jennifer Kett, added that they “always err on the side of caution when the safety of our employees, property or fans at the Rogers Centre is threatened.”
That’s a perfectly reasonable position for the company to take, but one can’t help but wonder what went on behind the scenes that had this, of all things, getting actual police involved — both in Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo, as that’s where @TorontoHooligan (aka Nicholas Kharshoum, per the CBC report) is from. It was Waterloo Regional Police officers, acting on behalf of TPS, who paid him the visit.
Because, again, as much as there is the element of the Jays in this story, the broader issue remains why this threat against a corporate statue gets traction and not, say, online threats against actual people. To wit:
I would RT @MissStaceyMay on the Rogers Statue tweet, but she’s locked because she gets less protection from threats than a statue does.
— Lee Rosevere (@LeeRosevere) March 14, 2016
That issue is big and important and deserves better than what a guy who is about to write about Aaron Sanchez and Gavin Floyd can say about it in a couple lines in the third update of a post about an awful statue, but seriously!