Obama's niece threatened before college basketball game: USA Today

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WASHINGTON, March 23 (Reuters) - A phone message threatening President Barack Obama's niece, a player on the Princeton basketball team, prompted authorities to increase security at Monday night's NCAA women's tournament game between the Ivy League school and Maryland, USA Today reported.

An eight-minute voicemail was received at the University of Maryland athletic department offices on Monday afternoon in which a woman said a man was driving on the College Park, Maryland, campus with a Glock handgun in his possession, the newspaper reported, citing a person with knowledge of the threat.

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Obama's niece threatened before college basketball game: USA Today
COLLEGE PARK, MD - MARCH 21: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama (L) sits beside his brother-in-law Craig Robinson while attending the Green Bay versus Princeton women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament, March 21, 2015 in College Park, Maryland. President Barack Obama's niece Leslie Robinson plays for Princeton. (Photo by MIchael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Leslie Robinson #45 of the Princeton Tigers looks on during a women's college basketball game against the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Robinson is President Barack Obama's niece. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Leslie Robinson #45 of the Princeton Tigers with the ball during a women's college basketball game against the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Robinson is President Barack Obama's niece. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Leslie Robinson #45 and Vanessa Smith #13 of the Princeton Tigers cheer during a women's college basketball game against the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Robinson is President Barack Obama's niece. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Leslie Robinson #45 of the Princeton Tigers takes a jump shot during a women's college basketball game against the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Robinson is President Barack Obama's niece. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Leslie Robinson #45 of the Princeton Tigers takes a jump shot during a women's college basketball game against the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Robinson is President Barack Obama's niece. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama applauds as he attends a Princeton vs Wisconsin-Green Bay women's college basketball game in the first round of the NCAA tournament in College Park, Md., Saturday, March 21, 2015. Obama's niece Leslie Robinson, plays for Princeton.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and Marian Robinson (R) watch during a women's college basketball game between the Princeton Tigers and the American University Eagles at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson, was playing for Princeton. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 23: Sasha Obama (C) watches a women's college basketball game between the American University Eagles and Princeton Tigers at Bender Arena on November 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama's niece, Leslie Robinson, was playing for Princeton. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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The caller linked the man's appearance on campus to the game and Leslie Robinson, a freshman forward at Princeton and the daughter of Michelle Obama's brother, USA Today said.

Robinson was not told of the threat, but Princeton coach Courtney Banghart was aware of it, the paper said.

University of Maryland police had no immediate comment.

In addition to normal game security, undercover security officers were near the Princeton bench. Secret Service officers also were in the arena due to the presence of Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, USA Today reported.

Obama attended Saturday's first-round game between Princeton and Wisconsin-Green Bay but was not at Monday night's game. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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