Heightened security was needed at Monday’s Princeton-Maryland women’s basketball game after an apparent threat to Obama’s niece, Leslie Robinson, who plays for Princeton. Reports also state that there was a gunman driving around the University of Maryland’s College Park Campus before the game.
Good for Maryland to increase the game’s security detail, but what if this gunman actually entered the arena? He mayhave successfully carried out his threat against Robinson, a Princeton University freshman. The accused gunman may have also done harm to many other people.
The athletic arena is not far removed from political stances. Olympics, Super Bowls, etcetera have all had their fairs hair of political symbolism. The kind of threat against a head of state’s family that calls for heightened security has no place in sports.
Athletic events are very enjoyable gatherings, but can also be very dangerous environments. One threat should not hamper enjoyment of the game.