Bettor pleads guilty to threatening MLB players, also threatened Patriots

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A California gambler that had sent threatening messages to athletes of many sports pleaded guilty to charges of transmitting threats against members of the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, Benjamin Tucker Patz, known as “Parlay Patz,” also sent messages to multiple players of the New England Patriots after they defeated the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

Patz was accused of sending messages to athletes via social media threatening to enter their homes and behead them and their families. In threats to the Patriots players, his messages said that he would rape and murder their families, according to officials involved in the investigation.

The guilty plea from Patz was for transmitting threats in interstate or foreign commerce. It related specifically to the threats against the Rays players. He has also sent threats to players on several other MLB teams as well as the Sweden Women’s National Soccer Team after their win in the 2019 World Cup over Germany.

15 responses to “Bettor pleads guilty to threatening MLB players, also threatened Patriots

  1. Threatening players via social media (especially Twitter) seems terribly common these days. I hope the penalty is so severe that it sends a very strong message to all these idiot keyboard commandos. Doubt it will be, unfortunately.

  2. So he either takes sports way too seriously or gambling way too seriously or he has emotional or mental problems or he is stupid. Could be a combination of some or all of the above.

  3. People like this need to be made an example of. America is too soft on their criminals.

  4. Now that betting has become common place in all sports, security will be of utmost importance! Wait until some bettor yells during a golfers backswing because he’s bet on someone else!

  5. This is about the sickest thing I’ve heard of relating to sports. I hope that in addition to prison time there is a way to ensure he’s never allowed to place another bet.

  6. If he has been doing this for years (e.g. — after a Super Bowl two years ago) to multiple players, why did it take so long to arrest him?

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