Jays' fan was 'blowing off steam' when he made threats
Riannon Westall, CTV Toronto
Published Monday, March 14, 2016 4:09PM EDT
An angry Blue Jays fan was paid a visit from police this weekend after he threatened to throw the Ted Roger statue outside the Rogers Centre into the lake.
Toronto police asked Waterloo Regional Police to investigate the Kitchener man after they were alerted to threats he supposedly made on social media last month.
The fan was reportedly irritated with the Blue Jays for not signing a contract with right-fielder Jose Bautista.
“Police officers attended the residence of the male, just to have a conversation and determine if there were any elements of criminality – as we would do with any complaint,” Waterloo police spokesperson Alana Russell told CTV News Kitchener.
The man cooperated with police and the officers concluded that the man’s threats couldn’t be considered a criminal act.
“We just had a passionate sports fan on our hands, who’s now well educated in the implications of what’s posted on the internet,” she said.
Jennifer Kett, Roger’s director of media relations, told CTV News Kitchener she understands that many Blue Jays fans are “blowing off steam,” but says that threatening the centre is unacceptable.
It’s not the first time the company has asked police to investigate a fan, Kett said.
“We recently consulted police around several violent threats against our drivers and property, including arson, so they could determine what, if any, action should be taken,” she said.
With files from CTV Kitchener