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Police warn Blue Jays fan after apparent Twitter threats

A Toronto Blue Jays fan got a surprise visit from the police this weekend after he sent out some apparently threatening tweets regarding Jose Bautista's contract.

On February 22, Twitter user @TorontoHooligan - or Nicholas Kharshoum - passionately wrote, "F-cking pay the man or I'm throwing the Ted Rogers statue in the harbour you pieces of sh-ts," as the Toronto Star reports.

He continued his diatribe with another equally explicit post. According to the Star, Rogers noticed the tweets and reported them to the Toronto Police, wherein the city's cybercrimes unit joined the investigation.

Police tracked down Kharshoum to his home in Kitchener, and the Waterloo Regional Police paid him a visit early this past Saturday morning and gave him a verbal warning.

Kharshoum took to Reddit, writing that he felt as if his privacy had been compromised.

A Rogers spokesperson, on the other hand, said in a statement to CBC News, "We always err on the side of caution when the safety of our employees, property or fans at the Rogers Centre is threatened."

Do you think this was over-reaction to a few passionate tweets? Let us know in the comments.

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