Orlando GM John Weisbrod has received two death threats. The Sheriff's Office is investigating but we can do a little long-range sleuthing on our own.
Who Is Threatening Weisbrod?
According to Florida Today, Orlando GM John Weisbrod has received two death threats. The first death threat came in the form of a written note taped to the front door of his house a week before the draft. The latest came immediately after the announcement of the Tracy McGrady trade last Wednesday when the perpetrators wrote messages in marker on the glass of the front door. You can read more details in the Newslines section of today's Orlando report in the NEWS@ Southeast division.
In the meantime, two things ought to be fairly obvious if we want to trump the Sheriff's Department in solving this little mystery a la Agatha Christie:
1) Both death threats came from the same source
2) Though they mention T-Mac, the death threats had nothing to do with the McGrady trade
The first is kind of obvious. Because Weisbrod kept a low profile about the first threat, the perpetrators felt they had carte-blanche. With their buffeted confidence, they felt they could spend more time doing whatever they like in front of his house. The first time they just taped a note and ran. The second time they didn't rush and probably spent a good several minutes writing stuff in grease marker on the glass. By this theory, the fact that the public is now aware of these threats, and more importantly the Sheriff's Office, means these guys wouldn't be making any more threats.
The second is an intriguing clue. A death threat is by its nature a terrorist act. It is a way to prevent or encourage future activity. But once the trade was official, what is the point of a death threat about the trade? Are they trying to say, "Don't do it again?" There's only one T-Mac. What exactly is the threat?
These two facts together make it seem like it is kids that are the perpetrators. Now, who would be in a position to be able to have the time to write such threats and to stake out the house? Neighborhood kids.
If I had to guess, I'd say Weisbrod is the type of guy who resides on a dead-end street in a private suburban community within a half-hour's drive of the Magic offices. It would be a typical setting for an executive. He'd want to be close to the office but not on top of it. He'd want to have privacy in his home but also be part of a community. He'd also want quiet on his particular street. That means there would likely be few neighbors who actually saw anything, but plenty of potential suspects. That would explain why the case hasn't been solved yet by a witness stepping forward.
The Sheriff's Office is checking for fingerprints and handwriting analysis, but they might be well-served to ask the neighbors some questions. Weisbrod had not officially filed a complaint, seeking to avoid publicity, but perhaps now is the time to do it, especially if it gives the Sheriff's Office the ability to start investigating more formally.
What questions would I ask? "What do you think of the Orlando Magic?" If the answer concerns Disney World, I'd move on. If possible, I'd check the kids' bedrooms for posters of Tracy McGrady. Better yet, I'd offer full clemency if the perpetrators step forward. Let's hope this was just some punk kids making juvenile and stupid mistakes. Let's hope it's not something more serious.