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‘I’m not going to let a few (Kentucky) fans … make me quit’



An ESPN report says official John Higgins talked to police after receiving death threats.

Not even spoiled and very out-of-line Kentucky basketball fans, some of whom even threatened his life, can keep one of the top college basketball referees off the court.

And despite the urging of his wife, John Higgins isn’t hanging up his whistle.

“Yes, she wanted me to quit,” Higgins told The Register Wednesday. “What happened, not only to me, but to my family, my business and my business’ employees is ridiculous, but I’m not going to let a few fans – quite a few fans, actually – from one place make me quit.

“When I go out, I want to go out on my own.”

Good for him. This message Higgins is sending to the sports world matters. And good for the NCAA, too, for having Higgins’ back after too many Kentucky fans blamed him for Kentucky’s Elite Eight loss.

A number of Kentucky fans were steamed over several of Higgins’ calls in the 75-73 loss to North Carolina, the eventual champs, on March 26. Apparently, to some goofballs, that…

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