Warriors owner Joe Lacob's wife says she received death threats from Beyoncé fans

If you learn one thing from watching the NBA Finals, it won’t be about the Golden State Warriors’ resilience battling through injuries or how Kawhi Leonard changed the way the Toronto Raptors play. It will be this: The Beyhive is relentless... maybe too relentless.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z attended Game 3 of the Finals on Wednesday, and this moment had some Beyoncé fans up in arms.

The woman who leaned over to talk to Jay-Z happened to be Nicole Curran — wife of Warriors owner Joe Lacob.

There’s a lot we don’t know about this situation. We don’t know if Beyoncé was mad, and we don’t know if Beyoncé, Curran, Jay-Z and Lacob are familiar with each other away from the court.

That didn’t stop Beyoncé’s super fans — known as the Beyhive — from letting Curran know they didn’t appreciate her disrespecting the queen. Beyoncé’s fans quickly found Curran’s Instagram page and started flooding it with bee emojis.

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OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05: (L-R) Jay-Z, Beyonce, Nicole Curran and Joseph S. Lacob attend Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Beyonce, left, talks to Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Beyonce walks to her seat during the first half of Game 3 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05: Jay-Z and Beyonce attend Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05: Jay-Z and Beyonce attend Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 05: Jay-Z and Beyonce attend Game Three of the 2019 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at ORACLE Arena on June 05, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Apparently, it went much farther than that. Curran says she had to disable her Instagram account after receiving death threats.

That takes this situation from silly to extremely serious. It’s one thing to harmlessly troll someone with bee emojis. It’s something else entirely to send death threats to people over perceived slights based on a 13-second clip. Don’t do the latter.

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