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President Obama’s Niece Threatened with Gun Violence Before NCAA Game

It was a disturbing night for the Obama family after the NCAA game Monday.

Security was increased at the Princeton-Maryland women’s basketball game after a phone message was received detailing a threat against President Obama’s niece Leslie Robinson, according to a person with knowledge of the threat who was not authorized to speak publicly because of security issues, USA Today reports.

According to the Huffington-Post, 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.

Leslie Robinson is the daughter of Craig Robinson, Michelle Obama’s brother and is a freshman forward at Princeton. Once the voicemail was received, Robinson was not notified, however Princeton basketball coach, Courtney Banghart was notified.

Once officials were put on notice, undercover security was instructed to monitor activity 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.

Coach Banghart informed USA Today, “Leslie’s safe. She’s in my locker room. No one loves her like I do,” she added. “And she’s an important part of our team, so keep the freaks out of the gym.”


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