MILWAUKEE, WI (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Brewers' left-fielder Khris Davis revealed yesterday that he received a death threat that Major League Baseball found serious enough to investigate.
He said it was made on Twitter in mid-May, when the Brewers were in Chicago and Davis was struggling at the plate. He told Brewers' officials, who turned it over to M-L-B's security team to handle. Somebody called "Xero Vanderbilt" wrote a racial epithet against the African-American Davis and wrote, "You family should all be killed."
General manager Doug Melvin said M-L-B told the team it resolved the matter, and they gave no details to the G-M. The 26-year-old Davis is in his first full season as Milwaukee's starting left fielder.
He said he was facing several distractions when he got the death threat -- and he had a meeting with manager Ron Roenicke who assured Davis that he deserves to be in the Majors -- and he offered some suggestions about batting. Davis said the skipper found out about the death threat and arranged the meeting.
Melvin said such threats cannot be taken as a joke today -- and he said it had to be a distraction to Davis. Melvin also made it clear he was not a fan of social media, saying only a small percentage of it is good.