Claire Crawford has apparently become the second person from Houston to receive death threats for their actions against OKC, after Patrick Beverley.
The CBS Houston sports blogger is under fire for questioning whether Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader Kelsey Williams "too chunky" for the role.
Crawford went after Williams last week, writing; "The Rockets looked terrible in Game 1, but some say they weren't the only bad-looking people on the court."
While she conceded Williams was a "pretty blonde," she wrote that Oklahoma City fans criticized her for "having 'pudginess' around her waistline."
Crawford then seemed to defend Williams, however, writing:
"But if she's comfortable wearing that tiny outfit and dancing for NBA fans, then good for her. Besides ... not every man likes women to be toothpick skinny."
"I'd say most men prefer a little extra meat on her bones."
That's nice, right? Well, it didn't end there.
The controversy arose due to a poll asked attached to the column asking readers' opinions on Kelsey Williams as an Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleader.
Voters could choose from three options. Either they thought Williams:
- Had the perfect look to be an NBA cheerleader.
- Could use some tightening up in her midsection.
- Has no business wearing that outfit in front of people.
Williams politely fired back at the post on Twitter afterward.
"To be womanly always, discouraged never," she wrote.
"We wouldn't know what blessings were if we didn't go through trials. Thank you to EVERYONE for the compassion and love today. I'm in awe."
CBS Houston has since removed the post from its website.
The Houston Chronicle says Crawford was a pseudonym for Anna-Megan Raley, whose Twitter accounts, under her name and her alias, have also been deleted.
FWIW, the Thunder are up 3-0 in the series.