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Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose tells doubters ‘kill yourself,’ then apologizes

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose suffered yet another injury Monday — though this one was self-inflicted.

Rose, who’s bounced back to All-Star form after several disappointing and injury-riddled seasons, told reporters anyone who doubts the sustainability of his recent success should “kill yourself.” The remark came after a question about how the firing of Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau might affect Rose going forward.

“I have a lot of confidence in myself,” he said, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. He jump-started my career again and for that I’ll always be thankful, but for everybody that thinks that it’s going to stop, kill yourself.”

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Later in the same interview, Rose doubled down on the controversial comments.

“Like I said, for everybody that think I’m not going to play the same way, kill yourself, because I believe in myself,” he said.

But, eventually, Rose got wind of the growing backlash and took to Twitter to apologize.

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“I messed up by using the slang term ‘kill yourself’ today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs. I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize,” he tweeted.

Rose has played in 32 games for Minnesota, averaging 18.9 points and 4.8 assists. He’s been sidelined with an ankle injury since Dec. 28.

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