Kentucky fans found referee John Higgins' company Facebook page and littered it with negative, false reviews, forcing him to delete the page entirely. But that was just the tip of the iceberg of what Higgins has gone through ever since the Wildcats lost to North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament.
Not only did he receive harassment through social media channels, but according to ESPN, fans found his home phone number and it has been"ringing off the hook." People on the other end of the line have been calling in with death threats towards Higgins, causing him to be panicked over the whole ordeal.
ESPN reports Higgins felt so disturbed by the messages that he met with law enforcement for over two hours Tuesday.
While Kentucky fans clearly don't believe in Higgins' ability to officiate, the NCAA has been pleased with his performance. Higgins is scheduled to referee the Final Four, even with the ongoing drama surrounding Big Blue Nation'sharassment.
UPDATE: Kentucky coach John Calipari, who perhaps fueled some of the disdain towards Higgins with his postgame comments, sent a pair of tweets Wednesday afternoon that appear to reflect his thoughts on this situation.
I always brag that we have the classiest fans in the country. Let's make sure we remain that way even after a tough loss.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 29, 2017