Ref who had death threats from some UK fans discusses piecing life back together
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - College basketball official John Higgins was the subject of death threats and had his business receiving bogus bad ratings from a lunatic fringe of fans following the University of Kentucky's loss to North Carolina in the Elite Eight, and now Higgins is talking about piecing his life and business back together again.
Higgins, who officiated the Final Four game between Gonzaga and South Carolina, discussed what the threats did to him, his family and business to both the Omaha World-Herald and Omaha television station KMTV.
Among the things Higgins told the Omaha World-Herald:
“My job is to be fair to both teams, be professional and demand sportsmanship,” he said. “That’s what we’re supposed to do as officials. That’s what I try to do every time I get out.”
As for the backlash he received from fans, Higgins simply said:
"You lose a little faith in people."